News: Two extradited from Texas on felony charges of arson, manufacturing meth, etc.

On August 5, 2014 at approximately 10:08 pm, the Boone Fire Department and the Boone Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of W. 5th Street in reference to a house fire. The fire was determined to be suspicious in nature and the Boone Police Department in cooperation with the Boone Fire Department, the Iowa Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshall Division, and the Boone County Attorney’s Office, launched an investigation.
After a four (4) month investigation it was determined that the cause of the fire was due to the manufacturing process of methamphetamine. On December 3, 2014 arrest warrants were issued for two (2) suspects, William Joe Pedersen, age 56 and Barbara Karen Pedersen, age 57 both from Boone. William Pedersen’s warrants were for Arson 1st degree, Manufacturing methamphetamine, Possession of precursors pseudoephedrine, Possession of precursors lithium, and Possession of methamphetamine 2nd offense. Barbara Pedersen’s warrants were for Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, Possession of precursors pseudoephedrine, and Possession of methamphetamine.
On December 10, 2014 William and Barbara Pedersen were located in Mineola, Texas and picked up on their respective warrants. On December 15 and 16, 2014 two (2) Boone Police Officers drove to Texas and transported the Pedersen’s back to Iowa. They are currently being held on bond at the Boone County Jail

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