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UPDATE: Plea Change In Destruction Of CCMC Property

By: Mollie Lair, Todd Baucher Email
By: Mollie Lair, Todd Baucher Email

UPDATE: 2/3/2013

He's accused of setting his apartment on fire, then smashing a window at Camden Clark Medical Center.

Eddie Cox Jr. says he's not guilty by reason of mental illness.

He's charged with two separate cases of destruction of property, one at a 7-eleven, the other for breaking a glass window at Camden-Clark Medical Center.

It happened when he went to the hospital after setting his own apartment on fire. He was previously sentenced for first degree arson.

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UPDATE: March 1, 2012

He's already charged for creating a ruckus at an area hospital. Now, Eddie Cox Jr. is accused of setting his own apartment on fire.

Authorities Thursday charged Cox with first degree arson.

Police and fire investigators say on February 20th, Cox turned on the kitchen stove in his Market Street apartment and placed clothing and rugs on top of it to start a fire. Police say he then left the building.

A few hours after that, police say Cox was arrested for disorderly conduct and destruction of property for smashing a glass window at Camden-Clark Medical Center.

He's been in the North Central Regional Jail since that arrest and will remain there until his next hearing.

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UPDATE: 2/21/2012 9:01 PM

It started with a fire at Historic Village Apartments on Market Street. Investigators say the fire in Apartment 202 was arson., and now the man who lives there is a person of interest.

"He's the tenant of that particular apartment is a person of interest obviously right now in our arson investigation. There haven't been any charges filed at this time. Its been assigned to a detective and that investigation is taking place right now," says Parkersburg Police Department Sergeant Greg Collins.

Chief Fire Inspector Captain Tim Flinn says they believe Eddie Cox wanted to set his apartment on fire. The stove-top was on and piled on top were clothe, a welcome mat, and other flammable items.

But the story doesn't end there. Cox was arrested soon after for throwing an object through the glass at the Camden Clark Memorial Campus Emergency Department.

"I'm sure folks were startled, but like I said security was on the scene immediately and he was immediately confronted and detained. Actually we had 3 security guards there within a matter of seconds. Within 30 seconds three security personnel were on scene and the police department was there momentarily after that," says Director of Safety and Security Tom Joyce.

officials say that object cox threw was part of a fire extinguisher. he was arrested and faces charges of disorderly conduct and destruction of property.

"The security presence within Camden Clark Medical Center across both campuses is very robust and there's a commitment from administration to keep our patients, employees, visitors, and our property safe," says Joyce.

Cox was arraigned but could not post his $600 bond. No arrests have been made in connection with the fire.
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UPDATE: 2/21/2012 10:00 AM

Investigators say a fire Monday evening at Historic Village Apartments, 1133 Market Street, was arson.

All residents in the 29 unit complex were forced to evacuate.

We're told it was sparked in the kitchen of apartment 202. Edward Cox lives there. No one was home so firefighters had to break down the door. There are no injuries, but officials say there is $15,000 worth of damage.

While Cox has not been charged in connection with the fire, he was arrested a short time later after a disturbance at the memorial campus of Camden Clark Medical Center.

According to Sgt. Greg Collins of the Parkersburg Police Department, Cox showed up at the hospital around 9 p.m. and threw part of a fire hydrant through a window of the emergency room.

The 44-year old Cox is charged with disorderly conduct and destruction of property.

His bond was set at $600 by a Wood County magistrate, and he was expected to be transferred to the North Central Regional Jail Tuesday morning.

Stay with WTAP and WTAP.com for the latest on this developing story.


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