Lee County woman facing arson; weapons charges

7/19/20 – Studstill Media Photo

AMBOY – A woman is facing multiple charges after a pair of suspicious fires in Lee County.  On July 19th the Amboy Police Department say they arrested 42-year-old Gayla Grossman.   She was charged with three counts of Arson, Unlawful Possesion of a Weapon by a Felon, and violating an order of protection.  According to Amboy Police Chief Paul Smith around 4:30 AM a call was put out for two fires in farm structures 3/4 of a mile apart in the 1400 block of Sterling Road outside of Amboy. Crews battled the blaze for over an hour at a barn that held livestock. The barn was destroyed and according to Amboy Fire Chief Jeff Bryant, around five hogs and a pair of cattle perished. The other fire was in a metal structure that appeared to have held hay on a different property to the west. No injuries to persons was reported. There were over 17 different fire departments from throughout northern Illinois supporting Amboy during the incident. Grossman is being held in the Lee County Jail on $200,000 bond.