22-year-old charged in burning of Wise towerCarl Kilo sums it up with "Nicholas Owens-Local Dumbass Burned the High Knob Tower" with more details out of the Bristol Herald-Courier.
Federal prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Coeburn man with burning down the High Knob observation tower in Wise County on Halloween last year.
The tower, inside the Jefferson National Forest, was a popular destination for lovers, families and stargazers, and is the subject of a grassroots fundraising campaign among Wise residents, who hope to rebuild it. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that 5,000 visitors trekked to the tower annually.
U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said Nicholas Owens was charged with arson of government property in U.S. District Court in Abingdon. (link)
Photo(s) courtesy of the Roanoke Times.