Beaufort County Arson Suspect Fired As Kinston Cop

There is new information about the suspect in a series of arson cases in Beaufort and Washington counties.

WITN News has learned that Todd Jarvis was fired from his job in 2008 as a Kinston police officer.

In personnel documents obtained by WITN News, then Public Safety Director Greg Smith fired Jarvis for actions that were "both disruptive and disrespectful toward supervisors and fellow employees."

Jarvis was then hired as a deputy sheriff in Greene County. A request for public documents from Greene County has not been answered.

Jarvis was arrested Thursday for setting six fires in Beaufort County and one in Washington County. He was released after posting a $70,000 bond.

After leaving Greene County in 2010, Jarvis briefly worked as a correctional officer at Eastern Correctional Institution. The Department of Correction says he resigned August 17th.


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A former law enforcement officer was charged with several Beaufort County arsons Thursday afternoon.

Todd Jarvis of Bath is charged with setting six fires in Beaufort County and another in neighboring Washington County. He is also facing four counts of felony breaking and entering.

WITN has learned Jarvis is a former police officer in Kinston. He worked there from September 2005 to November 2008. Jarvis then worked as a deputy sheriff in Greene County from December 2008 to February 2010 and then as a state corrections officer from May 2010 to August 2010.

Since the middle of last month, lawmen have investigated arsons that have burned abandoned homes, damaged a church and two community centers.

Jarvis turned himself in Thursday afternoon. His charges stem from the three fires on Free Union Church Road and the fire on Highway 264 reported on the night of February 22nd, the fire at the Community Building on Highway 32 North reported on March 3rd, and the fire reported on Highway 99 North on March 6th.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has charged Jarvis for the February 22nd fire on Highway 32 South.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the 26-year-old man attributed his actions to emotional distress. Online records indicate Jarvis lost his wife last year.

Captain Kenneth Watson says Jarvis was arrested Monday on reckless driving to endanger and fail to heed lights or siren charges. He says they had Jarvis under surveillance and collected some evidence related to their investigation during that stop.

Jarvis was released on a $70,000 secured bond.

Deputies say the investigation into the remaining arsons in Beaufort County is on-going.


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  • by Karma on Mar 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    @ Looking In - No one is casting any stones. The facts and the truth are being uncovered and that's what you call EVIDENCE not a stone. He deserves the fullest punishment for his actions. His children need to be rasied in a proper environment and his parents are NOT the ones who need to be doing the raising. High horses fall hard.
  • by About Time on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    From the recent stories, sure seems like it is all coming together!!! Please, for all of you defending Todd, please read the search warrant posted on WITN yesterday...
  • by Logic Location: Washington on Mar 20, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    Some of these people act as if he killed someone. This guy burned down "structures" that were abandon. Build a new one! They are feeding off the pity. Perhaps the meaning behind it, is cherish what you have and don't take it for granted or it could be taken away just as his wife was. Just be thankful no one got hurt & that it wasn't someone's house. These things can be replaced but people cannot.
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      by Really on Mar 21, 2011 at 09:27 AM in reply to Logic
      Sorry to say, but he burned down structures that DID NOT belong to him. He did NOT have the right to destroy SOMEONE ELSE'S property. Would you like it if he burned down something of your's? You are taught right from wrong. You CANNOT rebuild memories once they are torched by a selfish act; they are gone forever. I hope no one ever does anything like this to you because then see how you would feel afterwards.
  • by Looking In Location: Beaufort/Martin County on Mar 18, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    Its very funny how people are so judgemental!! This could be your son, brother or father! People should try to refrain from the negative comments.....a stone could be cast at you next. Thinking of all involved parties!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    I agree - whom ever is the person reading the comments before they will be "approved" for publishing they must want a slated story line. I have tried twice to post a comment and both have been denied! Let the truth be heard/read. FREEDOM OF SPEECH - let it ring!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    to the person who reads the comments do you only put the ones you like i have put in many that was no worse that what is all ready up here. just another point of view you will not post then do you love our bcso that much
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    Do not bring the Bible into this. It has nothing to do with this issue. Many people are so into religion, but they are the biggest hypocrites! I don't pray for people like this or murders or anybody else who do stupid things. You pray for the ones who have lost loved ones and MEMORIES because his SELFISH act hurt people he DIDN'T EVEN KNOW! You pray for him Ridiculous. Many people aren't going to. Many people are wanting to see justice served and I don't blame them.
  • by Ridiculous Location: Eastern NC on Mar 16, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    This is absolutely ridiculous. One, Leave his grandmother out of this. She has nothing to do with his fire starting. Two, I can not believe someone would ask why we should pray for him! Do you believe in God? Do you read the Bible? You pray for him because GOD TELLS YOU TO! Third, Yes, This fella deserves to be punished and rightly so. But he sure needs some mental health help as well. Do you know what you get when you send an angry, depressed person in need of psychological help to prison without giving him the help he needs? An even angrier ex-con, who will one day be back among us. I pray for him, his family, and I pray he will get the help he needs!
  • by crystal Location: wshingtob on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    I wish people would STOP makin excuses for this MAN, the key word "MAN", he knows right from wrong, we learn as children not to play with fire, alot of people have endured alot of heart ache and pain but we dont go around settin peoples homes and property on fire some of these places that he tourched was someones values, some might have grown up at these places,they had meaning, my point is he knew right from wrong, come on he was a cop,stop takin up for him!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    To the people that are sticking up for him -- Would you still be stinking up for him if he burnt your property down?!?!
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