STAR — A 60-year-old woman faces a felony charge of solicitation to commit a crime, Ada County officials say, after she allegedly tried to get an acquaintance to burn down a rental property she owned.

A 40-year-old Washington woman contacted authorities Friday and reported that Debra Ball, of Star, asked her to burn down a home on the 200 block of North Knox Street that she’d grown tired of maintaining.

Detectives discovered evidence that Ball had, if fact, asked the woman to commit arson, Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Andrea Dearden said in a prepared statement. Ball was taken into custody and told detectives she wanted the property destroyed.

Ball was booked into the Ada County jail.

5 things to consider before you buy or build


Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.