Two men charged after attempting to burn cat in oven
Two men who face arson and burglary charges in Cleveland County District Court are accused of placing a cat in an oven while trying to set fire to a Norman transition house last week.
Michael John Ketcham, 20, and Brandon Ke Reed, 18, also are suspected of setting two fires at an abandoned chapel and another fire to a vehicle Thursday morning on the Griffin Memorial Hospital grounds, and of having stolen property from the transition house and a hardware store.
Each man was charged Friday with two counts of second-degree burglary, single counts of second-, third- and fourth-degree arson, endangering human life during arson, and cruelty to animals.
Sheriff's detectives found and interviewed Ketcham and Reed on Thursday, according to a sheriff's news release. The statement said the suspects tried to set the transition house on fire by using an accelerant and attempted to kill a cat by placing it in an oven with the fire combustibles.
Deputies later found the cat at the scene with injuries to its paws.