A Monroe County grand jury indicted a Forsyth man on Monday, Aug. 12 for trying to burn down the Meadows Gun Club manager’s home and clubhouse with his wife inside back in April.
Leonard Rogers was indicted on two counts of arson for allegedly trying to burn down the home he shared with his wife while she was inside of it.
“It could’ve been very bad,” sheriff Brad Freeman told the Reporter when it happened back in April.
At about 11:49 p.m. on April 11, Monroe County deputy Cpl. Nicolas Ortiz went to the manager’s home and clubhouse at Meadows at 1064 Rumble Road about a fire. Meadows is a big attraction for sporting clay competitions in Monroe County. By the time Ortiz arrived, Monroe County firefighters had extinguished the blaze. Ortiz left the scene but was called back about an hour later at 12:50 a.m. on April 12 when Monroe County firefighter Cpt. Jason Lott told Ortiz he thought the fire was arson.
Meadows general manager Jenny Rogers had been inside the home at the time of the fire and called 9-1-1. Rogers said a company credit card regularly used by her husband, Leonard Rogers, was taken from the building and used at the Hwy. 42 Shell station. When Ortiz returned, he smelled a strong odor of gas in the home. Leonard Rogers was arrested later the same day in Taylor County.
Freeman said the fire was extinguished quickly, and the home, which doubles as Meadows’ office/gift shop, remains habitable. However, Freeman said it could have been a bad situation because the steps were lit on fire, and Jenny Rogers could have been trapped on the second floor. Leonard Rogers remained in jail until April 24 when he was released on a $10,000 bond, with the condition that he not contact his wife by phone or in person and that he take his medications.