Marysville News

W. Eighth St. fires

City resident charged with arson

By RANDY LUDLOW
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A Marysville man has been charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after an undercover officer reported seeing him throw a burning article out a window at his house on West Eighth Street.

According to Marysville police, Danny Ray Johnson, 37, was arrested at his home at 324 W. Eighth St. shortly before 1 a.m. Aug. 22 after the undercover officer watching the house saw a flaming object be tossed from a bathroom window and land next to a gas meter.

Johnson was taken to the Tri-County Jail; bond was set at $100,000.

Police Chief Floyd Golden said the investigation is continuing in hopes of filing further charges in connection with a string of arson fires along West Eighth Street in July and Aug-ust.

According to police reports, the first incident occurred between 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. July 29, when someone cut branches from a tree in a backyard at 332 W. Eighth St. and set the pile ablaze. Other suspicious fires, all in the same block, occurred in the following weeks: a burning rag was found on the deck of that same house; an attempt was made to burn a shed at 322 W. Eighth St.; a towel was found burning behind a shed at 324 W. Eighth St.

The most serious fire destroyed a house Aug. 7 at 314 W. Eighth St. No one was injured because the family wasn't home at the time, but they lost everything in the blaze, including a pet cat and a rabbit.

Johnson served 17 months in prison after being convicted in Delaware County in 2004 of attempted gross sexual imposition involving a boy. He is required to register as a sexually oriented offender.

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