Marion man faces arson, criminal mischief charges

Police: Michael D. Whitehorn caused damage totaling nearly $10,000

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MARION — A Marion man is facing arson and a slew of criminal mischief charges following an investigation into an apartment fire on Bentley Drive.

According to the Marion Police Department, Michael D. Whitehorn, 44, intentionally lit the fire on a bed in the apartment where he resided. Marion police and fire department officials responded to reports of a fire at 12:19 p.m. April 13. They learned that a bed in the bedroom had been on fire but was extinguished before their arrival.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Police said Whitehorn was not present when officers and firefighters were at the apartment. He was later arrested and charged with first-degree arson and taken to the Linn County Jail, according to police.

Upon further investigation, police said Whitehorn also is responsible for several incidents involving damage to Marion properties between March 1 and April 15. Total damages are estimated at nearly $10,000.

Whitehorn faces criminal mischief charges related to the following:

• Damage to windows at Martin Gardner Architecture, 700 11th St. No. 200.

• Damage to windows at 892 Eighth Ave.

• Damage to windows and a glass door at Shermco Inc., 796 11th St.

• Damage to a window at Brick Alley Pub & Sports Bar, 1038 Seventh Ave.

• Damage to a glass door of a building under renovation at 1180 Seventh Ave.

• Damage to glass door, window and aluminum trim at Anderson-Bogert Engineers, 790 11th St.

• Damage to the ATM at Bank of the West, 770 Seventh Ave.

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