Ex-Lewistown firefighter accused of setting a cornfield on fire and trying to start 5 more

Published: Nov. 3, 2022 at 10:05 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2022 at 11:51 AM CDT
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LEWISTOWN (25 News Now) - A now-former Lewistown volunteer firefighter is no longer with the department as he’s accused of arson. Deputies say he set a farmer’s cornfield on fire and attempted five more.

These all happened in corn fields throughout Lewistown on October 9, 15 and 16.

Dwight Sheets, 18, was arrested on October 21 for one count of arson and five counts of attempted arson.

The Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department Chief says Sheets is no longer with the department. He said Sheets was already on suspension because of an investigation.

The fire meant a Lewistown farmer had fewer crops to harvest this year. Burnt corn could be seen from Vernon Road.

Deputies said besides Vernon Road cornfield fire, Sheets tried five other times to set Lewistown cornfields on fire.

The second one was on Fiber Optic Road on October 15. The homeowner told 25 News off-camera her field would have been destroyed if the corn was not wet from the rain.

In Fulton County Court, Sheets pleaded not guilty to the charges. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released.

He’s scheduled to appear in court again in January.