Springfield man indicted on arson, accused of setting porch on fire

A Springfield man has been indicted on two counts of arson after police said he set a woman’s back porch on fire.

Margarito Nunez Garcia, 38, has been accused of setting his ex-girlfriend’s sister’s back porch on fire in February, according to court records.

He allegedly was upset that the homeowner wouldn’t tell him where his ex-girlfriend was, court records say. She saw Garcia walking toward her home and called 9-1-1, police said, heard a bang at the door and then saw smoke and flames around the door.

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The victim’s children were home at the time, the report says. The Springfield Fire/Rescue Division responded and found the fire still burning around the door frame.

Neighbors who lived above the victim’s home had poured water on the fire to put it out somewhat, court records say.

A Clark County grand jury met this week and also returned the following indictments:

Decantas D. Darden, 23, 526 W. Pleasant St.: Possession of heroin.

Angel Marie Frye, 40, 1945 Primm Drive, Apt. C: Forgery.

Ricky R. Delawder, 44, 3580 Dayton Lakeview Road, New Carlisle: Two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Adonte Phillip Maurice Cherry, 36: Failure to appear.

Christopher Peterson, 23, 239 W. Grand Ave.: Trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, aggravated possession of drugs, having weapons under disability, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence.

Edward Soles, 36, 413 W. Parkwood Avenue: Trafficking marijuana, possession of marijuana and receiving stolen property.

Joshua A. Patterson, 24, London: Domestic violence.


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