WADSWORTH — A 44-year-old Wadsworth woman is accused of setting fire last fall to the home where her estranged husband and his father lived.
Carol M. Gross, of 1148 Ledgestone Drive, is charged with attempted murder and three counts of aggravated arson, both first degree felonies, each count punishable by up to 11 years in prison.
Gross was arrested Tuesday at her residence. She was taken to the Medina County Jail, where she is being held on $500,000 bond.
Wallace Gross, 81, was alone when the fire broke out on Nov. 27 shortly before noon at 463 Wolf Ave. He was rescued by two neighbors who were driving by and saw smoke billowing out of the house.
The couple, Justin Bell and his fiancee, Kayla Dukes, broke down the front door and helped the elderly man to safety. He was treated for smoke inhalation at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
Also living at the home was Gross’s son, Dorian Gross, and his four children, ages 2 to 13.
Members of the Wadsworth Fire Department fought the fire with the assistance of firefighters from Rittman, Guilford-Seville, Sharon Township and Norton, but the home, valued at around $300,000, was a total loss.
Wadsworth Police Chief Randy Reinke said in a prepared statement that police Detective Dawn Schismenos worked with Brian Peterman, an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office, and determined the fire was an arson.
Reinke could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The case was presented to a Medina County grand jury earlier this month.
Carol Gross already was facing a first-degree misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, according to Wadsworth Municipal Court records. She was arrested April 16, accused of hitting her husband with a van.
She was released after posting a $1,025 bond to await a jury trial scheduled for Aug. 27.
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