Alleged Arsonist Due in Court

A suspected arsonist is due in Vanderburgh County court today.

37-year-old James Matthew Sharp was arrested last week during a police surveillance operation.

Officials say Sharp allegedly lit a carpet on fire that was outside the home in the 900 block on West Oregon, a scene of two previous fires.

Officials say when they moved in to arrest Sharp he tried to run away.

Sharp is suspected in 17 arson-related fires near 1st Avenue and Columbia.

He faces several charges.

His initial court date hearing is set for 1:00 Wednesday afternoon.


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