Grandmother charged with attempted arson

An Edinburgh woman was arrested after police said she attempted to set a relative’s mobile home on fire early Tuesday morning.

Sarah Poole, 76, of Edinburgh, was arrested on charges of arson and public intoxication.

About 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, police received a call of a woman beating on a door and threatening to burn a mobile home down, an Edinburgh Police Department report said. The woman’s granddaughter lives in the mobile home, and she had become angry with her, the report said.

An officer who arrived at the scene saw Poole attempting to light a fire to brush in front of a mobile home on the 200 block of Grant Street, the report said.

When Poole saw the officer, she extinguished the match she was holding, and began walking back to her mobile home nearby, the report said.

During the exchange, she also held a large knife while walking toward an officer. Poole dropped the knife after the officer gave several commands, the report said.

A breath test showed Poole’s blood-alcohol content to be 0.12 percent, the report said.

Poole, 212. N. Grant St., was arrested and taken to Johnson County jail. She was held on $2,200 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.