The head of the Ohio Hispanic Coalition says Columbus has a large stake in potential changes to immigration law. Joseph Mas says the city has a larger undocumented population than other Ohio cities.
Investigators say the fire was intentionally set, but they haven’t said how it was set.
Two more people have been indicted on charges of firebombing the house of a 71-year-old rape victim.
Stewart Alternative Elementary School won’t be opening later this month with the rest of the Columbus City schools. That’s because an arsonist damaged the school last Friday.
Two more set fires in the last two days on Columbus’ South Side have inspectors looking for new crime clues. And a young boy is at the center of the investigation.
Since early January suspicious fires have burned ten houses on Columbus’s south side. In many of the cases, fire officials suspect arson and they have arrested three suspects. WOSU reports that some neighbors blame the rash of arsons on vacant properties.
Three arrests have been made in connection with some of the recent South Side fires. Fire officials are trying to find a link between with those arrested and the most recent four blazes.
Columbus firefighters say arson charges are pending against a woman who received first and second degree burns in a fire early Tuesday on the southwest side of the city.
Columbus Arson Investigators were called to a northwest side neighborhood to search for clues in an alleged hate crime. A resident found a large wooden cross was burned on his property.
Fire officials say arson is the cause of an early-morning blaze that destroyed part of St. Mary’s Macedonian American Orthodox Church on the east side of Columbus. The church’s offices were gutted while the interior of the adjoining sanctuary was heavily damaged.
Fire officials continue investigating a fire that damaged a Jehovah Witness church on Columbus’ North-East side over the weekend. Investigators have ruled the fire arson, but are not commenting on possible motives or suspects.