Saturday, May 17, 2003

Two men jailed for Clermont house fire

The Cincinnati Enquirer

MONROE TOWNSHIP - Two men were arrested for allegedly attempting to set the home of a witness in a criminal trial on fire early Thursday.

Robert S. Taylor, 33, of New Richmond, and William T. Willhoff, 31, of Amelia, each face one count of aggravated arson, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg Jr.

The two men were arrested Thursday. They are being detained in the Clermont County Jail. Taylor is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond. Willhoff's bond has been set at $100,000.

Officials believe the two men used gasoline to start a house fire in the 2000 block of Bethel-New Richmond Road. Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 3:30 a.m. Thursday. An occupant of the residence escaped unharmed, officials said, adding that no injuries were reported.

A resident of the house is scheduled to testify for the prosecution in an upcoming criminal trial, details of which were unavailable Friday. Officials with the prosecutor's office could not be reached for comment late Friday.

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