- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - A 30-year-old man police think was emboldened by riots in Ferguson, Missouri, has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to a municipal building in a Cleveland suburb.

Matthew Janowski turned himself into Parma Heights police early Wednesday after posting on Facebook that he had set the fire. Janowski is in jail with a $250,000 bond, with no attorney information available.

Parma Municipal Judge Tim Gilligan said Wednesday that police believe Janowski got drunk and responded to the grand jury decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the Michael Brown Jr. shooting by setting a fire at the Parma Heights municipal building around 3 a.m. Nov. 26.

The fire was confined to the mayor’s office, but other city offices were extensively damaged by smoke.


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