Sabine Co. arrests man in connection to cross burning

Noah Kincel mug shot courtesy of
Noah Kincel mug shot courtesy of
Life-long Bronson resident, Charles Conner
Life-long Bronson resident, Charles Conner
Bronson's only gas station and gathering place
Bronson's only gas station and gathering place

BRONSON, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email

BRONSON, TX (KTRE) - The Sabine County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in an apparent cross burning in front of a Bronson woman's residence in early July.

According to an employee with the office, Noah Lee Kincel, 45, of Bronson, was arrested Monday and charged with misdemeanor terroristic threat. He was also released on bond Wednesday.

Sabine County Deputy Doug Howard said an arrest was made following various witnesses' statements regarding the case.

Charles Connor, like many in Bronson, spends his afternoons swapping stories. He said there's not much else to do.

"There's nothing here. One store and the post office," said Conner.

This gas station store is where most of the town seems to congregate. Conner says people don't have a lot going on in their lives.

"They're not worth a damn to tell you the truth - a lot of 'em they're on food stamps, they're on anything they can get from the government," said Conner.

A cross set ablaze in front of a Bronson family's home gave the town something to talk about. The chatter is back with the arrest of Kincel.  Back at the gas station - people aren't on board with the news.

"I don't think he done it," said Jack Rutherford, Life-long Bronson Resident.

"Noah Lee wouldn't do that. He's not that stupid," said Conner.

The house where the cross burning occurred is right in the center of town. Some folks think it wasn't racially-motivated or even targeted at the family, but just bored kids looking for attention.

"Bronson is not a bad little town. There's never been anybody hung in Bronson," said Conner.

17-year-old life-long Bronson resident Cody Rutherford doesn't care who did it, but still thinks its wrong.

"people shouldn't do that. It's really bad... Because people shouldn't be racist to other people. They should live free like everybody else," said Rutherford.

For the older generation, some say the cross burning doesn't even warrant further investigation.

"I mean they can do whatever they want. I didn't think it was that big of a deal," said Jack Rutherford.

"I really don't see that its that important. Putting all that money and effort in it because not going to amount to anything," said Conner.

Contrary to town talk, the Sabine County Sheriff's Office says the witnesses thought enough of it, to come forward.

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