Two men indicted on arson charges

December 7th, 2006    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

Two men were indicted on charges ranging from attempted aggravated arson to attempted murder after their role in an arson on Nov. 16. Jailed are Joseph F. Bosse, 28, of Mt. Olivet, Ky., and Steven Houck, 43, of New Richmond. The two men were indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury for the incident.

According to a press release from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department, the two men allegedly tried to set fire to a Bainum Road home in Monroe Township. While they were attempting to set fire to the home, there were eight people present in the structure.

According to the press release, an arson investigator found where a fire accelerant had been poured on several sites around the home in an effort to start the blaze. However, damp conditions cancelled out the accelerant’s usefulness and resulted in only light damage, managing only to set fire to a bush beside the home in question. No one was injured in the incident.

On Nov. 22, Bosse and Houck were indicted, each on several counts. Bosse was indicted on eight counts of aggravated arson, a felony of the first degree.

He was also indicted on one count of attempted aggravated arson, a second degree felony, a count of breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony and 16 counts of attempted murder, a felony of the first degree. He is being held on $2 million bond.

Houck was held on complicity to aggravated arson and is not indicted on eight counts of aggravated arson, one of attempted aggravated arson, one count of breaking and entering and 16 counts of attempted murder.
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