A vehicle fire that filled the sky above Bolivar’s busy main thoroughfare with plumes of black smoke last fall has led to charges for one Bolivar man.

According to online court records, a Polk County grand jury indicted Allen Douglas Konwinski, 42, with class E felony knowingly burning or exploding and class E felony first-degree property damage.

Konwinski’s warrant was served Thursday, Jan. 31. He was released on $5,000 bond.

According to the felony indictment, Konwinski “knowingly damaged” his 2013 Ford F-150 in the Assembly of God parking lot at 1320 S. Springfield Ave. by starting a fire on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Bolivar City Fire Chief Jim Ludden said his crews were dispatched to the vehicle fire at around 2:34 p.m. He said a state fire marshal investigated the fire.  

A lien was held on the Ford truck by Heritage State Bank, the indictment said.

The indictment also said Konwinski damaged the truck to defraud Root Insurance, his insurance provider.

Konwinski’s warrant was served Thursday, Jan. 31, and he was released on $5,000 bond.

In his formal arraignment on Monday, Feb. 4, he pleaded not guilty in a Polk County courtroom.  

Konwinski’s next court appearance is Monday, April 1.

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