TATUMS, Okla. -- A Carter County woman is in jail facing arson charges after authorities say she burned a city building. While the arson charges are serious, authorities say her reasoning behind the crime is rather strange. Teddy Safo has the story.
Authorities arrested 27-year old Jernee Hooks Wednesday afternoon after she used her mother’s newspaper to torch a building in Tatums.
Authorities tell us that Hooks was visiting her mother Wednesday afternoon. Deputies say Hooks asked her mother if she had finished reading the local newspaper. That was when deputies say Hooks took her mothers newspaper, lit it on fire, and used it to torch an old wooden building belonging to the City of Tatums.
Hooks’ motive for her actions is where it gets bizarre.
“After interviewing the suspect she had stated to the effect she was tired of looking at the old building. Yes, strange...so the deputy arrested her for second degree arson," Carter County Sheriff Ken Grace said.
Tatums is located in northwest Carter County, near Ratliff City.
No one was hurt in the fire. Hooks is facing second degree arson charges.