Sheriff: Woman sets fire to Hocking County Courthouse, IEDs found in her apartment nearby


LOGAN, Ohio -- A woman was arrested for allegedly setting fire to the Hocking County Courthouse early Tuesday morning.

The Hocking County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Miranda L. McCormick, of Logan, was charged with aggravated arson for the courthouse fire.

Logan police were called to 300 block of West Main Street at approximately 12:26 a.m. on reports of a female suspect throwing bricks through the windows of several residences in the area.

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Responding officers observed a female matching a witness' description near the rear parking lot of the Hocking County Courthouse. At that time, officers saw smoke and fire coming from a window of the courthouse building and reported the fire to Hocking County 911.

Once officers confronted McCormick, the sheriff's office say she pulled a large knife and began running from the area. A brief foot pursuit was initiated which led to a nearby apartment on East Main Street.

The sheriff's office says McCormick barricaded herself inside an apartment and started a small fire. Officers forced entry to extinguish the fire and apprehend the McCormick.

While inside the apartment, officers say they observed what appeared to be a homemade explosive device, along with the components to make more. The Logan Fire Department requested the assistance of the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Columbus Division of Fire Bomb Squad.

The Columbus Bomb Squad confirmed what investigators seized from the residence to be an “improvised explosive device.”

McCormick's aunt Tracy Queen her niece has a history of drug use and began using about a year ago after her 10-year-old daughter was removed from her home.

McCormick's arrest record shows charges of aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated burglary, felony assault, vandalism, and domestic violence.

The Logan-Hocking School Districts closed two nearby schools as a precaution. The district also ordered lockout protocols on all schools within the district for the remainder of the day.

The sheriff's office says the Hocking County Courthouse sustained approximately $30,000 in fire damage on the first floor of the building.

Additional charges are expected to be filed at the conclusion of the investigation, according to the sheriff's office. McCormick is expected to face a judge Wednesday.

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