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By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Sheriff: Man tried to burn Rosalia church


November 19, 2020

ROSALIA — A local man was booked into the Whitman County Jail on Monday, Nov. 16, after allegedly attempting to burn down a church.

Samuel Owens, 45, will make his first appearance in Whitman County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.

He was arrested without incident and booked into the jail on charges of first-degree attempted arson, criminal trespass and malicious mischief, according to Whitman County Sheriff Brett J. Myers.

Deputies were called to Community Baptist Church, 818 N. Whitman Ave., for a man threatening to burn down the church, the sheriff reported.

A witness told deputie...

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