Lancaster man indicted on arson for church fire

  • Source: Zanesville Times Recorder
  • Published: 06/26/2020 08:32 AM

A Lancaster man has been indicted for the fire that destroyed the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in February. Robert D. LeForce has been indicted with five felony counts; arson, a fourth degree felony, vandalism, a third degree felony, breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony, desecration, a third degree felony, and assault, a fourth degree felony. The charges stem from a Feb. 18 fire the destroyed the church, one of the oldest in the village, Junction City Police Chief Amy English previously told the Times Recorder. It was founded in 1875. Fire personnel from Junction City, New Lexington, Somerset and Thornville responded to the fire call around 9:30 a.m. that morning, and spent more than an hour trying to contain the fire. LeForce was arrested June 22, and is currently residing at the Noble Correctional Institution.


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