Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
February 18, 2013 10:34 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — A 31-year-old Mount Vernon woman is being held in the Knox County Jail on aggravated arson charges in connection with the fire at 209 Shirley Ave., Thursday.


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Amber Pilotti was picked up on Sunday, according to jail records.

Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace confirmed this morning the fire was officially determined an arson, explaining the origin of the fire was in the apartment’s living room, in the area where Brad Grosscup’s body was found.

“Other details surrounding the spread and nature of the fire are being withheld pending the ongoing homicide investigation,” Menapace said.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted with the arson investigation.

Neither Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher nor City Law Director Chip McConville would comment on the case.

Pilotti, according to Mount Vernon Municipal Court records, resides at 207 Shirley Ave., the building next door to 209 Shirley Ave.

Grosscup, 52, was found dead in his apartment when firefighters arrived to battle the blaze. Knox County Coroner Jennifer Ogle reported Friday that Grosscup had died one or two days prior to the fire.

Pilotti was charged with five offenses in Municipal Court during 2012, including driving under the influence, falsification, driving under suspension and failure to stop after an accident. She is scheduled for a jury trial on a petty theft charge on March 13.

The Mount Vernon Police Department continues to investigate Grosscup’s death as a homicide. Neither Chief Mike Merrilees nor Capt. George Hartz were available for comment this morning.

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