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Recent residential fire considered suspicious

Someone deliberately set fire to a resident's porch, according to the Grove City police.

At 7:51 p.m. Dec. 15, the Jackson Township Division of Fire responded to a fire in the 3100 block of Weeping Spruce Drive. By 8:17 p.m., the fire division advised police that the fire appeared to have been set intentionally. Arson investigators told police there was evidence of fire accelerants on the porch, where the fire had occurred, as well as around the house and gas line.

The house was occupied at the time of the crime, but no one was reported hurt, reports stated.

At the time of the report, there were no suspects.

In other recent incident reports from the Grove City Division of Police:

* At 7:50 a.m. Dec. 17, a 23-year-old Columbus man working in the 3800 block of McDowell Road was drinking a Pepsi when he reported it tasted funny and smelled like a degreaser, then later, he started vomiting blood. Jackson Township paramedics responded and took him to Grant Medical Center.

The victim reportedly told co-workers and his supervisor he thought someone had sprayed the chemical into his drink, but one of the witnesses told detectives that he saw the victim spray it into his own drink. Another witness told police the victim had recently overheard a conversation about an incident in which someone had sprayed the chemical into another employee's drink, allowing that employee to get a payout.

The Pepsi bottle was taken as evidence. No arrests have been reported.

* Someone broke into a vehicle between 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 9:15 a.m. Dec. 19, while it was parked in the driveway of a residence in the 3900 block of Casa Boulevard. The victim reported more than $2,000 worth of Christmas presents that had recently been purchased, including video game systems, DVDs, shoes and a kitchen play set, were stolen. In the process, the vehicle sustained $200 worth of damage to a window.

* Between 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. Dec. 18, a woman's coat and a purse containing $50 cash, a cellphone and a debit card were stolen from the women's locker room at the YMCA, 3600 Discovery Drive. The woman reported she had placed a lock on the locker, but when she returned, the items were gone.

* There were no signs of forced entry, but sometime between Dec. 13 and 17, someone stole a $400 snow blower, a $300 leaf blower, a $50 ceiling fan and a $64 garbage disposal from a work shed in the 3400 block of Willowood Place.

* Between 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14, someone vandalized Christmas decorations outside of a residence in the 3600 block of Lake Albert Way. The resident had set up some inflatable decorations in his front yard and later discovered two of them had been slashed and deflated, resulting in $200 worth of damage.

* Someone broke into a vacant house in the 3500 block of Juniper Street between Dec. 13 and 17 and stole $300 worth of copper piping from the basement.

* In another incident, $300 worth of copper piping was stolen from another vacant house in the 1700 block of Tuscarora Drive between Dec. 13 and 17. The pipes had been cut from the basement ceiling.

* Between Dec. 10 and 16, someone stole $175 worth of copper piping from a vacant house in the 1800 block of Pinnacle Club Drive.

* As the result of a traffic stop at 1:43 a.m. Dec. 18, near the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and Lewis Centre Way, an officer reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a bag containing a glass marijuana pipe with drug residue on it.

The officer, who had stopped the vehicle because it lacked brake lights, also found a half-smoked marijuana cigarette in a pack of cigarettes.

The 24-year-old driver and 23-year-old passenger, both Grove City residents, were cited for possession of marijuana while the driver also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

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