Father, daughter indicted on arson charges

Matthew Lane • Feb 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

KINGSPORT — An alleged father-daughter arson duo have been charged in connection to two house fires that took place in Sullivan County in the fall of last year.

Ronnie Dale Johnson, 42, and his daughter, Ashlee Nicole Johnson, 19, both of Kingsport, were indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury last week, according to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

The father has been indicted on two counts of arson and two counts of aggravated burglary, while the daughter was indicted on one count each. Ronnie Johnson was arrested on Saturday and is housed in the Sullivan County Jail under a $17,500 bond. Ashlee Johnson was arrested Friday and released on a $15,000 bond.

According to the release, the charges against the Johnsons stem from two house fires that took place in Sullivan County in the fall of 2018 — the first on Aug. 29 at 4316 Ridge Road in Sullivan Gardens and the the second on Sept. 3 at 3233 Fairbanks St. in the Bloomingdale community.

Both homes were vacant at the time of the incidents, and Ronnie Johnson did have ties to the home on Ridge Road at one time, said Capt. Andy Seabolt with the SCSO. The homes were not total losses, but both suffered heavy damage from the fires, Seabolt said.

The SCSO, with the assistance of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, began investigating the two house fires in September. During that time, the Johnsons were identified as those allegedly responsible for starting the fire at the Ridge Road residence.

As the investigation continued, investigators also determined that Ronnie Johnson was the one allegedly responsible for setting the other house fire.

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