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UPDATE: Third Man Pleads Guilty in Logan Arson Scheme

By: Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley, Jennifer Rizzi Email

UPDATE 11/7/13 @ 3:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A third person has admitted his role in an arson scheme in Logan County, West Virginia.

Shawn Simon, 44, of Charleston, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy in federal court in Charleston.

Investigators say he helped James Glick, 44, of Logan, in an arson scheme in February 2012.

Prosecutors say Glick, who owned 317 Steakhouse on Stratton Street, bought a building across the street from the steakhouse and had it set on fire, then collected $1 million in insurance money.

Wednesday, Glick and Guy Miller, 39, both pleaded guilty in the case.

All three men will be sentenced in February.

A fourth man, William Thompson, 44, of Chapmanville, was expected to make a plea deal Thursday. His case was continued.

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UPDATE 11/6/13 @ 5:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have admitted their roles in an arson scheme in Logan County, West Virginia.

Wednesday, James Gregory Glick, 44, Logan, and Guy R. Miller, 39, pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in federal court.

Glick also admitted to conducting unlawful monetary transactions, and structuring currency transactions in connection with the scheme.

Glick owns 317 Steakhouse on Stratton Street in Logan.

Prosecutors say he bought a building across the street from the restaurant and had it set on fire, then collected $1 million in insurance money.

According to investigators, on the night of February 1, 2012, Guy Miller, Shawn C. Simon, 41, of Charleston, and another associate worked together to set the fire by spreading gasoline throughout the main floor.

Both face seven years in prison when they are sentenced in February.

William Thompson, 44, of Chapmanville, and Shawn Simon, 41, of Charleston, are also facing charges in the case. They are set to plead guilty Thursday.

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UPDATE 10/21/13 @ 10:35 a.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Another person is facing federal charges after an arson in Logan County.

The arson happened on February 1 along Stratton Street in Logan.

According to an federal information, Michael D. Williams has been charged with Conspiracy.

According to the information, prosecutors say Williams with Guy R. Miller and Shawn C. Simon "did knowingly conspire to...maliciously damage and destroy....111 Stratton Street."

Prosecutors say James Glick bought the building and had it set on fire. Then, collected one million dollars in insurance money, according to prosecutors.

William Thompson, Miller, and Simon have also been charged in the case. They are accused of helping Glick carrying out the plan.



UPDATE 10/10/13 @ 11:30 a.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man that federal prosecutors say is connected to an arson scheme in Logan County is expected to plead guilty in the case.

A plea hearing has been set for October 16 in U.S. District Court for James Glick. He owns "317 Steakhouse" on Stratton Street in Logan.

Federal Prosecutors say he bought a building across the street and had it set on fire, then collected $1M in insurance money.

William Thompson, Guy Miller and Shawn Simon have also been charged in the case. They are accused of helping Glick carrying out the plan.



UPDATE 9/6/13 @ 5:30 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four men charged in connection with a Logan County arson investigation have pleaded not guilty.

James Glick, William Thompson, Guy Miller and Shawn Simon were all indicted in connection with a fire insurance fraud scheme.

Glick operates 317 Steakhouse along Stratton Street in Logan. Investigators say he bought a vacant building across from it and had it intentionally set on fire in February 2012.

Officials say it was all part of a scheme to collect more than $1 million in insurance money. They say the other three men assisted him to receive a cut of the payment.

A judge ruled Friday that Thompson and Glick are a danger to the community. Officials say they threatened to hurt people for testifying against them.

Prosecutors also say Glick offered to pay Miller $10,000 to prevent him from speaking out.

Friends and family members of all four suspects defended them in court, calling them family men who are active in the community.

Simon's mother said her son had trouble with the law in the past but had since turned his life around.

Miller and Simon were denied bail.

The men's trial date is set for Nov. 5.

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UPDATE 9/3/13 @ 12:30 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man who operates a restaurant and bar called 317 Steakhouse in downtown Logan is facing multiple charges in connection with an arson.

James Gregory Glick is facing several charges Tuesday including arson, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, arson conspiracy, unlawful monetary transactions and obstruction of justice.

317 Steakhouse was closed Tuesday after West Virginia State Police executed a search warrant in connection with the case. A closed sign remained on the restaurant's door as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to an indictment, Glick bought a piece of vacant commercial rental property at 111 Stratton St., right across from his steakhouse and then intentionally had it set on fire in order to collect insurance money.

Glick paid William Jamey Thompson approximately $75,000 to obtain an inflated insurance policy that would include fire loss and a replacement value of $1 million, according to court records.

The indictment also states Glick hired Guy R. Miller to intentionally set the fire at 111 Stratton St. The indictment says Miller and Shawn C. Simon spread gasoline throughout the main floor and set the building on fire Feb. 1, 2012.

Then, just days later Thompson issued a false and fraudulent property loss claim on the property, according to the indictment. Glick later received a check from the insurance company for $1,010,000. The indictment also says Glick shared a portion of the insurance money with his co-conspirators.

Miller, Simon and Thompson were also indicted on several charges Tuesday including arson.

Shortly after the fire in February 2012, the insurance company offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. The building was destroyed.

Also on Tuesday, Phillip Wayne Workman was arrested and charged with providing false information to investigators in an attempt to influence the investigation by the grand jury.

Workman is scheduled to appear in a federal courtroom at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Charleston.

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ORIGINAL STORY
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A restaurant in downtown Logan is closed Tuesday due to a police investigation.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com 317 Steakhouse on Stratton Street is closed and a search warrant is being executed by investigators.

State police say it's in connection with several arsons in the area and several arrests have been made in the case.

No other details are being released at this time.

We have a crew in Logan. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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