- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - A police affidavit alleges that the owner of an Ashland pizza parlor conspired to blow up the building.

Police say the plot didn’t work: As the Little Caesars business was being readied the next day, a candle was found still burning, but the natural gas rising from a broken line hadn’t yet ignited.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1vPdZtv ) the owner, 51-year-old Mark Alan McAlister of Medford, is accused of conspiring to commit arson, giving a co-conspirator access to the building Feb. 13.

A trial this week was canceled. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for January.

McAlister told the newspaper he’s trying to sell the business near Southern Oregon University and declined further comment.

An online listing puts the price at $140,000 and says he’s retiring for “medical/health issues.”

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/


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