Petal authorities make second arson arrest

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A Purvis woman is behind barsafter being arrested Wednesday in connection with an arson case in ForrestCounty.

Beverly Hopper, 49, appeared before Petal Municipal Court JudgeGeorge Gunter, where she was denied bond due to the fact of her being a flightrisk. Hopper is the second arrest in the case which dates back to March 26,2014, involving a Petal residence. Samantha Joyce was arrested in May, andcharged with arson and grand larceny in connection with the incident thatoccurred in the 100 block of West 2nd Avenue.

"Arson is on the rise, due to people needing extra money, theylink it to insurance fraud and that type of stuff. I think it is across statewide, nationally, even nationally," said Petal Fire Department's Marion Sims.

Authorities also stated that theinvestigation is still ongoing and more charges and arrests could be possible.