Carter Co. man accused of arson has ties with former sheriff

CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The arson and drug case against a Carter County man also has ties to the former sheriff.

Gary Bender, 45, is accused of burning several trailers in Carter County, along with distributing meth.

According to an informant, Bender also claims to have done meth with Tommy Adams, and says he burned down a trailer owned by Adams back in January.

Bender was taken to the Butler County Jail.

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