Woman accused of starting fire at Hocking County Courthouse

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Woman accused of starting fire at Hocking County Courthouse

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HOCKING COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — A woman has been taken into custody after police say she started a fire at the Hocking County Courthouse earlier this morning.  

According to the Logan Police Department, at about 12:26am, Tuesday, officers were called on the report of a female breaking windows.  

Police say when they arrived on scene, they found the female at the rear of the courthouse after she had thrown bricks and other objects through car and house windows.  

When police confronted her, she brandished a knife and ran to her nearby apartment.  

Officers then noticed smoke coming from a broke courthouse window and discovered a fire in one of the building’s rooms. 

According to police, the female was taken into custody after they forced entry into her apartment when she barricaded herself inside and set fire to her couch. 

During a search of the apartment, deputies with the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office found a homemade incendiary device, along with materials to make more, police say.  

The Columbus Bomb Squad was called to assist with the found devices. 

Multiple schools in the district were closed or placed on lockdown due to the incident.  

The Hocking County Courthouse has been closed for the day while the investigation is ongoing. 

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