Suspect in Fire Arrested

Lane county sheriff’s department has arrested a suspect in the Sweet Creek Fire.  44 year old Elias Newton Pendergrass of Mapleton was arrested for Arson in the first degree in connection with the fire currently burning in the Sweet Creek Area.  Sheriff’s detectives in conjunction with the Oregon State Police made several interview of individuals during the investigation  Pendergrass was arrested shortly before 3 pm this afternoon.