Woman accused of lighting bed on fire, chasing horses in Toledo on Tuesday 


A woman accused of lighting a bed inside an RV in Toledo on fire with a cigarette then chasing horses on a neighboring property on Tuesday is facing first-degree reckless burning and second-degree criminal trespassing charges in Lewis County Superior Court. 

Shira Ashley Kalaaukahi, also known as Shira Ashley Fox, 38, of Toledo, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail at 9:10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, according to jail records. 

She was arrested after deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a woman, later identified as Kalaaukahi, acting disorderly in the 4900 block of Jackson Highway in Toledo at approximately 7:40 a.m., according to court documents. 

At the time, Kalaaukahi was reportedly “walking in and out of the roadway and acting very aggressively.” 

A responding deputy spoke with witnesses in the area, who reported Kalaaukahi had knowingly thrown a cigarette onto a bed inside an RV she shares with a roommate. The deputy examined the bed and “could see obvious burn marks to the mattress and could smell obvious signs of fire inside the RV. The damage was also still warm to the touch,” according to court documents. 

The roommate later told investigators that Kalaaukahi “had mental health issues and was harassing other people on the property” when she allegedly threw a cigarette onto the bed, which caught fire. 

At approximately 8:15 that same morning, a deputy located Kalaaukahi “running around (and) chasing horses” on a fenced property in the 5000 block of Jackson Avenue. The property owner told deputies he wanted Kalaaukahi arrested for trespassing on the property, according to court documents. 

When a deputy jumped the fence and tried to contact Kalaaukahi from a distance in the field, she “immediately began walking towards the deputy, shouting utterances and reportedly acting manic,” according to court documents. 

She was then arrested and taken to a patrol vehicle. 

When questioned about the incident with the fire, Kalaaukahi “was apparently not giving the deputy any logical answers,” according to court documents. 

Kalaaukahi was charged in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday, June 20. 

Judge James Lawler signed an order June 20 for Kalaaukahi to undergo competency evaluation after her defense attorney and jail staff expressed concerns about her ability to understand her case and stand trial. 

Bail is set at $50,000. 

A review hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 27.