Police probe racial fliers after Ohio home fire

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police in Middletown are investigating the distribution of racial fliers in the aftermath of an arson fire that heavily damaged a woman's home.

The "White Guard" fliers state that white people can band together against black criminals. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/SdWJOa ) that a response from an email address on the flier stated that the group described itself as like a "pro-white neighborhood watch" and didn't believe it was racist.

Police in the southwest Ohio city say they've never heard of such a group and are investigating.

An early morning home fire one week ago followed a confrontation between the woman and some neighborhood juveniles after ongoing conflicts.

Home owner Jennifer Chitwood says the problem wasn't race-related. She and her two children had left the home before the fire.

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