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Fenton woman charged with setting two fires at Amboy home

Daily Gazette, Sterling, Ill. — Kathleen A. Schultz Daily Gazette, Sterling, Ill.

Aug. 01-- Aug. 1--DIXON -- A Fenton woman is facing arson and other charges after investigators say she set a a pickup truck and a barn on fire, and damaged a nearby barn.

Gayla J. Grossman, who turns 43 on Tuesday, was caught on home surveillance video July 19 going into a garage and then into a barn on Sterling Road, carrying a gun.

After she leaves the barn, flames can be seen coming from inside, The bar was totaled and one next door was damaged, according to a probable cause affidavit by Amboy Police Chief Paul Smith.

The interior of the pickup also was set on fire, Smith said.

Grossman was charged July 24 in Lee County Court with aggravated arson, which is punishable by 6 to 30 years at 85%, three counts of arson, punishable by 3 yo 7 years, being a felon in possession of a weapon, which carries 2 to 5 years, and possession of a firearm without a FOID card, a misdemeanor.

She has a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Grossman also was charged July 20 with two counts of violating an order of protection, a misdemeanor, and in April with misdemeanor domestic battery, also in Lee County. She was issued a $5,000 recognizance bond in the first case, which then also was applied to the second case.

In August 2014, she was charged in Whiteside County with aggravated battery, escape, and criminal damage to property, all felonies, and misdemeanor resisting; as part of a plea agreement, she was given 2-and-a-half years' probation in January 2015 for the property damage and resisting; the other two charges were dismissed.

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