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Officials investigate Camp Hill arson case

Published 6:07pm Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Officials are still investigating a fire that occurred at L & L Lounge in Camp Hill in late May.
On May 29, one night after 24-year-old James Arthur Doss was murdered in an incident that took place at L & L Lounge, the club sustained extensive damage from a fire that was later ruled arson by State Fire Marshal Deputy Dalan Gassett.
Alvin Daniel Reese, 18, of Auburn was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting, but officials have not been able to apprehend a suspect in the arson case or link the two incidents together.
“No arrest has been made in the case, and there are no further developments,” said Steve Holmes, public information specialist for the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Holmes did say that “persons of interest are being interviewed,” however.
Through a tip to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Reese was located four days after the shooting at a Zaxby’s in Opelika and taken into custody. Reese is now being held in Tallapoosa County Jail on $200,000 bond, according to Camp Hill police chief Roosevelt Finley.
Finley said the investigation into the murder is still ongoing, as well, so there is no date set for Reese’s arraignment.
“We’re still gathering evidence and collecting information on the shooting,” Finley said. “We try to assist the fire marshal with the arson case when we can, but the murder case takes precedent for us.”
Holmes urged anyone with a tip on the arson case to call the Alabama Arson Hotline at 1-800-654-0775.
“We would genuinely appreciate any help,” Holmes said. “You can remain anonymous if you’d like, but we would love to be able to get any information we can in order to solve this case.”