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Arson Database coming July 1

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A new tool for law enforcement takes effect July first in Ohio.

Ohio is among a handful of states that will require someone to register if they've been charged with arson.

Under the law, passed last December by the Ohio legislature, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification will maintain an arson database.

Those on the registry will have to pay an initial fee of $50 and $25 a year for at least the next ten years.

County sheriff's across the state will be the ones charged with doing the paperwork.

Mercer county sheriff Jeff Grey says he can see the benefits of the arson database even though it means more work for them.

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