According to court documents on file at the Clay County Courthouse, on July 7, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a suspicious car fire located on Cory/Staunton Road.
Cynthia A. Dwyer, 25, Terre Haute, and an unidentified juvenile were discovered walking away from the scene and questioned. Initially Dwyer misled authorities about her identity, then later allegedly admitted whom she was and that she had set the fire. She was formally charged with arson on the allegations she "by means of fire or explosion" knowingly damaged a 2004 Chevrolet Impala with a value in excess of $5,000.
Appearing before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout July 12, Dwyer was appointed public defender Charles Hear as counsel and a No Contact Order was issued on behalf of the victim in the case.
Dwyer was allowed to be released on her own recognizance while awaiting formal court proceedings in the matter on the conditions she obey all laws, pay all fees and appear three times a week for Day Reporting (and follow all conditions of the reporting placed upon her) at CCC. A part of these conditions were Dwyer would agree to undergo potential screenings for alcohol and/or illegal or non-prescription related drug use.
Dwyer was not required to post a cash bond of $25,000, which is a normal procedure customary pursuant to local bond guidelines.
On Dec. 14, CCC Executive Director Mary Brown notified the State Dwyer had not complied with the terms of her release by failing to pay $1,000 in fees and allegedly failing a drug screen.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed a Petition To Revoke Dwyer's release and the court issued a bench warrant Dec. 17.
Taken into custody during the weekend, Dwyer appeared in court to answer allegations why her release was temporarily terminated Monday. After hearing testimony on the matter, the court released Dwyer from her commitment to Day Reporting and ordered she make arrangements to pay $40 per week toward fees owed for participating in the program.
Dwyer was then released on her own recognizance to await a jury trial on the arson charge tentatively scheduled for Jan. 31, 2011. The no contact order in the case remains in effect.