Ex-official of Ore. town tried for City Hall arson

Ex-official of Ore. town tried for City Hall arson

Ex-official of Ore. town tried for City Hall arson

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 11:25 AM

ALBANY, Ore. -- The former finance officer of a Linn County town has gone on trial over accusations she burned down the City Hall to cover up evidence of stolen money.

Prosecutors allege that an audit was impending, and Joy Marie Cronin, then the finance officer of Mill City, used gasoline to start the fire in September 2010.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports the arson trial began Monday in Linn County Circuit Court.

Cronin denies stealing city money. Her lawyer said Monday she stopped by City Hall about 8 p.m. the day of the fire to turn off a light she noticed as she drove by, found open doors and scattered papers, and then was blown out the door by an explosion.

Cronin was dismissed in 2011. A new City Hall building was opened last year.

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