Man who set himself on fire had a history with courts

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:33 pm

Man found on fire dies

Police, other emergency personnel and the state medical examiner are seen outside the Cheshire County Superior Courthouse in downtown Keene Wednesday where a man was discovered on fire. The man was pronounced dead at the scene but has yet to be identified.



A man who died after lighting himself on fire outside the Cheshire County Superior Court House Wednesday had a history with local courts.

Thomas J. Ball, 58, of Holden, Mass., was embroiled in legal battles over how much he owed his ex-wife for their three childrenís medical bills, according to court documents.

A hearing had been scheduled for June 24 at Superior Court in the matter.

Ball also filed suit against the town of Jaffrey in March 2004, over what he said was the police departmentís mishandling of his arrest following an April 9, 2001, incident.

The Sentinel received a document Thursday mailed by Ball indicating his intention and outlining his discontent and anger with the government.