Malkowski Arrested for Arson

On Monday July 29th, 2019 at approximately 5:11 pm, Marshall County Sheriffs Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshals Office along with multiple area fire agencies
responded to a house fire in the 2800 block of Plymouth LaPorte Trail.
The property owner, James Malkowski, was located that evening in a wooded area near the
residence. When speaking with James, he admitted to being home at the time of the fire in
which a dog perished. During the investigation it was found that James had made
threatening comments through text messages indicating that he was going to burn his house
down just prior to the fire starting.
An arrest warrant was issued and James was located and taken into custody on Friday,
September 6th, 2019.
Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable
cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only
probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent
throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to
a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable
doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.

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