Shasta County Arson Suspect Arraigned Tuesday

Samuel Scholfield, 18, of Cottonwood, is being arraigned Tuesday on 54 counts alleging first-degree murder, attempted murder and numerous arson charges.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 1:10 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2018 1:23 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Samuel Scholfield, 18, of Cottonwood, is being arraigned Tuesday on 54 counts alleging first-degree murder, attempted murder and numerous arson charges.

Some of the alleged arsons committed were done during the state of emergency declared due to the Carr Fire. 

Multiple fires were set throughout Cottonwood and Anderson between July 27 and Oct. 26, which burned homes and vegetation. 

On Oct. 7, Scholfield is accused of burning a home which killed 86-year-old Barcie Arlene Miller of Cottonwood. 

Law enforcement conducted a traffic stop as Scholfield was leaving his last arson fire on the morning of Oct. 26. He was the sole occupants of the vehicle and officers found two incendiary devices in his front seat. A cell phone search revealed that he had been searching the internet for arson and arson investigation related material. 

Scholfield will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

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