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The historic building that once stood in downtown Wapakoneta, home to nearly two dozen people, was demolished due to a series of events beginning with arson. The man responsible was sentenced to prison on Thursday.
Wesley Slaughter was sentenced to the negotiated sentence of 19 years in prison for five counts of aggravated arson. He was also sentenced to pay over $32,000 in restitution with $9,300 to go towards five families affected by the fire.
Six fire departments were called out to battle a fully engulfed house fire in Alger. The fire occurred Thursday afternoon at an abandoned home on Township Road 92. Fire officials called in crews from Ada, Harrod, Lafayette, Kenton, and McGuffey so they could quickly knock down the fire. Medics were called out to ensure the safety of the firefighters who were battling the blaze in the high heat and humidity. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The case is on hold for the man arrested for starting a fire in the Kenton Walmart, because he will be hospitalized for psychological treatment. According to the Northern Ohio Federal Court, Caleb Poole of Fredericktown, Ohio is in custody of the U.S. Attorney General's Office and will be committed for psychological treatment at a hospital of their choosing. The treatment is not to exceed four months, and then they will determine if he will be able to stand trial for setting the Kenton Walmart on fire on May 6th.
It’s been over a year since a series of arson fires destroyed or damaged four Kenton homes, now one man is facing 20 charges related to those fires. Hardin County court records show that 32-year-old Dustin Connode has been indicted on a variety of counts, including aggravated arson, vandalism, and possession of criminal tools. Connode will be arraigned on June 26, 2019.
Firefighters in Lima are investigating a Saturday night apartment fire as suspicious. Crews are still working to determine the cause of an apartment fire at The Vineyards complex around 9:00 pm. It started in a first-floor apartment on the 2400 block of Heathway Lane. When crews arrived, they found heavy fire coming out of two windows of the unit.
According to the Kenton Fire Department, they responded to a fire at 701 S. Wayne St. just before 3:00 am Saturday morning. Richland, Mount Victory, and Forest Fire Departments were called in to assist in putting out the fire, which caused extensive damage to the vacant home.
The State Fire Marshal's Office is asking for the public's help to determine who started a fire at the Cloverdale Town Hall. According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, the fire happened around 4:20 a.m. Sunday. The fire was called in by a newspaper delivery person. It took firefighters from Ottoville, Kalida, and Continental over two hours to put the fire out. Fire marshal's investigators determined the cause of the fire was arson, but they are still early in their investigation.
A Michigan man is behind bars in Findlay after being arrested for an arson fire in his home state. Findlay police say they arrested 41-year-old Jeffery Bryant of Grand Ledge, Michigan. They got a tip that he was staying at the Econo Lodge in Findlay. Police say a search warrant for his car and room turned up drugs, guns, and possible evidence related to the arson case.
The man alleged to have set fire to a downtown Wapakoneta apartment building has been indicted by a grand jury.