LOGAN — The Logan woman accused of setting fire to the Hocking County Courthouse on April 23, was indicted by the Hocking County Grand Jury on Friday.
Miranda L. McCormick, 31, was indicted for the following charges:
• One count of terrorism, first-degree felony;
• Four counts of aggravated arson, first-degree felony;
• Two counts of arson, second-degree felony;
• One count of having weapons under disability, third-degree felony;
• Unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, a fifth-degree felony.
McCormick is currently being held in Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $1 million cash bond issued by Hocking County Municipal Court Judge Fred Moses.
She will be arraigned on her indictment charges on May 23 in Hocking County Common Pleas Court with Judge John Wallace presiding over the hearing.
McCormick’s actions on April 23 caused the closure of the Hocking County Courthouse for a day, as well as the temporary closure of Main Street between Mulberry and Market streets, while the Columbus Bomb Squad cleared the apartment she was living in. As a precautionary measure, Central Elementary School and St. John Catholic School were also closed due to her actions.
The Logan Police Department first received reports at 12:26 a.m. the morning of the incident of a subject throwing bricks through windows of numerous residences near the 300 block of West Main Street. When officers responded to the area, a nearby resident provided a description of the female subject, which turned out to be McCormick.
A female matching the description was located near the rear parking lot of the Hocking County Courthouse, where officers observed visible smoke and fire coming from a window in the rear of the Courthouse.
When confronted, McCormick pulled a large knife on officers and began running from the area. A brief foot pursuit was initiated, which led to a nearby apartment on East Main Street where she barricaded herself and allegedly started a small fire. Officers forced entry to extinguish the fire and apprehended McCormick as she was attempting to jump out of the second story window.
Inside the apartment, officers observed what appeared to be a homemade incendiary or explosive device, along with the components to make additional devices. The Logan Fire Department was contacted, who immediately requested the assistance of the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office and the Columbus Division of Police Bomb Squad to evaluate the device.
Due to the incident involving the Hocking County Courthouse, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office was called to conduct a joint investigation with the Logan Police Department. Investigators from HCSO, State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Columbus Bomb Squad executed a search warrant on the apartment a short time later and collected various items of evidence.
The Bomb Squad confirmed what investigators seized from the residence to be an “improvised explosive device.”
The Courthouse sustained fire damage on the first floor of the building, resulting in approximately $30,000 in damaged. Evidence was collected from the Courthouse fire, which was processed by the State Fire Marshal’s Crime Lab.
As it stands, a first-degree felony is punishable by a $20,000 fine and 11 years in prison; second-degree felony carries a $15,000 fine and up to eight years in prison; $10,000 fine for a third-degree felony with up to 60 months in prison; and a fifth-degree felony is punishable of $2,500 fine and 12 months in prison.
This indictment was obtained after a lengthy, but successful investigation conducted by the following agencies: the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Logan Police Department, Logan Fire Department, Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, Columbus Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).