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Fairbanks teen charged with arson

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The Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office on Friday charged 17-year-old Jamison Gallion for his role as the arsonist in seven fires occurring in the Two Rivers-Pleasant Valley area this year. 

Gallion now faces multiple counts of arson, burglary, and criminal mischief, after making admissions to law enforcement about his conduct.

Gallion is charged with Arson in the Second Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree in each of three fires: the May 16, 2021 fire at the Pleasant Valley Thrift Store, the June 19, 2021 fire at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, and the August 18, 2021 fire at Wagons’ North. He also faces charges of Arson in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree for the fire that burned a residence on July 3, 2021, as well as charges of Arson in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree for the Community Center fire on July 24, 2021.

Gallion further faces charges of Arson in the Second Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree for the August 19, 2021 fire at the structure on 3838 Chena Hot Springs Road. For the August 23, 2021 fire that burned the Two Rivers Lodge, Gallion is charged with Arson in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.

Although a juvenile, Gallion is being charged as an adult, which is permitted by Alaska law when 16 or 17 year olds are charged with certain offenses, including Arson in the First Degree.

The charges in the charging document are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Gallion is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Gallion was arraigned today in Fairbanks District Court. Bail was set at $1 million cash performance.  He is currently being held at Fairbanks Youth Facility.  The next court date is a preliminary hearing on Sept. 2, at 3:15 p.m. in courtroom 102 at the Rabinowitz Courthouse in Fairbanks.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Let’s focus on what’s important. Was he wearing a mask?

    • I hope so, we wouldn’t want a count of attempted murder added to the list of charges :/

  • Thank God.

  • Too bad he didn’t go up in one of his fires…now we can feed and care for him until some liberal judge decides he is just misunderstood, had a poor upbring, and sets him free.

  • Appears he has a history of arson dating back to 2012 when he lived in Juneau. Again when he was 13 while living in Juneau and now Fairbanks.

    • If that’s the case, this kid would have been about 10 years old or less. Now he is being tried as an adult criminal-his earlier episodes (if that’s the case) likely won’t enter into his actions but interesting gossip.

    • Where do you get that information?

  • Somebody should dress as a Klu Klux Klansman and shove a burning cross up his ass….
    ( definition of hot cross buns by George Carlin )

  • Another fine example of good parenting /sarc.

    • From my understanding his parents are quite good people. This is more evidence of a diseased mind than an indictment of poor parenting. Sometimes psychopathy just happens.

  • Troopers……..GOT’M.

    • How many uncaught accomplices did the kid have?

  • Personalities should receive a proper diagnosis when in custody. Abherant personalities should be identified and treatment ordered early. What intellect does this person have, what supervision do these deviants have. I’m gonna speculate that such a person never socialized properly. There is a desire to socialize and if there are no successful opportunities deviant behavior develops. No excuse but these types are bad news. Parents and extended family keep an eye on unhappy young ones.

    • How many arsonists are we making by destroying thousands of chances to socialize when we cancel school, sports and other things because of this pandemic. We may be facing a future ‘pandemic’ of an angry, friendless generation.

  • Bill yank me… I thought you would blame trump for this

    • You know something connecting this kid to Trump???
      They do both have about the same IQ though.

  • Maybe he was in the foster care system. Foster homes are no different than an early 19th century orphanage. His behavior resembles behavior of an orphan.

  • Climate change strikes again!

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