Thursday, May 1, 2003

Union Twp. suspect faces new charges

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

BATAVIA - Additional charges have been leveled against a Union Township man accused of setting fire to a hotel under construction in Milford last month.

A Clermont County grand jury indicted Cody C. Moore, 18, Wednesday on one count each of arson and criminal damage, and three counts each of breaking and entering and vandalism.

If convicted of these new charges, Moore could face about 71/2 years in prison, said Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Tony Brock.

Moore is already under indictment on four counts of aggravated arson, four counts of breaking and entering and one count each of arson and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

If convicted of those earlier charges he could be sent to prison for more than 40 years.

Moore is accused of setting an April 13 fire that caused about $2 million in damage to the Hawthorne Suites Hotel on Chamber Street in Milford.

Officials said Wednesday's indictment stems from incidents that occurred last July and in March.

The Hindu Society Temple in Union Township was broken into and vandalized, as was a concession stand in a Union Township park and Wildwood Christian Center.

Moore is being held in the Clermont County jail in lieu of $400,000 bond.


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