Two charged with arson following Kehewin fire


Two Kehewin residents have been charged with multiple counts of arson following a fire on Monday, May 14.

Bonnyville RCMP were called to a fire on the Kehewin Cree Nation where trailers and a mobile home were burnt to the ground.

“The fire department attended and we attended, and a couple of trailers and a mobile home unit that was being lived in all burnt down,” described Bonnyville RCMP Sgt. Sarah Parke. “The fire was believed to have been intentionally set.”

As a result of their investigation, RCMP have charged 42-year-old Bob Lee White, and his 37-year-old girlfriend Colleen Badger, both of Kehewin.

White is facing five counts of arson against his own property, arson with disregard for human life, and arson with general damage to property.

Badger has been arrested and charged with four counts of arson to her own property,  arson with general damage, arson with disregard for human life, and failing to comply with conditions.

RCMP arrested Badger at the scene, has been remanded, and is scheduled to appear in the St. Paul Provincial Courthouse today (May 18).

White fled the scene of the fire and is still being sought by police.

“The male fled the scene and there is a warrant out for his arrest,” Parke said.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call the local detachment at 780-343-7200 or Crime Stoppers.

Check back for an update on Badger’s Thursday court appearance.



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