Hicks indicted after house fire

A man accused of firing shots at law enforcement officers as his house he lit afire burned to the ground last month was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on four felony charges Wednesday.

Detective Kevin Reinbolt of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said Lloyd Hicks, 72, was served his charges at the sheriff’s office Thursday morning. Hicks remained incarcerated on a domestic violence charge stemming from the incident in September.

Hicks was charged with two counts of felonious assault, first-degree felonies with gun specifications, for allegedly shooting at officers; one count of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, for allegedly lighting his house on fire; and one count of abduction, a third-degree felony, for allegedly trying to pull his wife back into the house before he set it on fire.

Hicks’ bond hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. today and his arraignment is set for Oct. 24 in the courtroom of Judge Steve Shuff of Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

The fire Sept. 5 destroyed Hicks’ one-story residence at 6681 N. CR 29. An initial call about a domestic argument between Hicks and his wife, Donna, was placed around 11 a.m.

Donna returned home from work to eat lunch, and an argument ensued, Sheriff Bill Eckelberry had said.

Eckelberry said Hicks’ wife reported the fire after driving to Bellevue and said her husband had set it on fire before she left. Deputy Mark Lawson was the first officer at the scene and located Hicks behind the residence, near a shelter. Hicks was sitting in a chair in the yard, between the house and cornfield, in a location where he could watch his house burn, the sheriff said.

Lawson reported shots were fired shortly after he arrived.