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Update: Police say Johnson City man admitted to trying to set house on fire with infant inside

July 2nd, 2014 4:40 pm by Staff Report

Update: Police say Johnson City man admitted to trying to set house on fire with infant inside

Calvin D. Ball Jr.

A fight led a Johnson City man to pour gasoline on his neighbor's porch and into the living room where an infant was sleeping early Wednesday morning, but his father stopped him from setting the house on fire, Johnson City police said.

Calvin D. Ball Jr., 30, 607 Lyle St., was charged with attempted aggravated arson.

Police were called to 1812 Mary St. around 12:45 a.m. on a report of a fight between two men involving a machete, according to a report.

Patrolman Jonathan Teague reported that he encountered Ball and could smell gasoline on his clothing. He said Ball had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and numerous beer cans were scattered around him.

Ball told Teague he had been in argument with a friend in a neighbor's back yard, and then went to confront the friend's brother, 35-year-old David Maybard, at the Mary Street address. They argued on the front porch and began fighting.

Maybard told police Ball began hitting him with a wrench, which prompted him to grab a machete to protect himself from the assault. Maybard convinced Ball to leave, but Ball continued to yell and curse at him as he walked back to his Lyle Street residence.

Both Ball and Maybard told police that Ball returned with a gas can, and he poured gasoline on sidewalk leading to the front porch, onto the porch and into the living room. Police said an infant was sleeping inside, along with the child's parents. As Ball left, he used a cigarette lighter in an attempt to ignite the gasoline, but his father arrived and made him leave.

Ball's father gave police the same account of stopping his son from igniting the gasoline on fire.

Teague advised the residents at 1812 Mary St. to leave for the night to allow the gasoline time to ventilate.

Ball was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond and arraigned later Wednesday in Sessions Court.

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Earlier report posted at 6:58 a.m.:

A fight led a Johnson City man to pour gasoline on his neighbor's porch and into the living room where an infant was sleeping early Wednesday morning, but his father stopped him from setting the house on fire, Johnson City police said.

Calvin D. Ball Jr., 30, 607 Lyle St., was charged with attempted aggravated arson.

Police were called to 1812 Mary St. around 12:45 a.m. and learned that Ball had been in a fight with his neighbor and tried to assault him with a wrench, police said.

The neighbor convinced Ball to leave, but Ball soon returned with a gas can, and he poured gasoline on sidewalk leading to the front porch, onto the porch and into the living room, where an infant was sleeping, along with the child's parents.

As Ball left, he used a cigarette lighter in an attempt to ignite the gasoline, but his father arrived and made him leave.

Ball was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

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