July 23, 2016

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Arson trial set to begin in Medina County today

MEDINA — Jury selection is set to begin today for the trial of a 59-year-old Creston woman accused of setting fire to her former Wadsworth home.

Jill Tucker

Jill Tucker

Jill Tucker, formerly of Wadsworth’s 100 block of South Pardee Street, is charged with aggravated arson. If convicted, she faces up to 11 years in prison and will have to register yearly for the rest of her life as an arsonist.

Prosecutors accuse Tucker of lighting her home on fire in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2012.

Police reported that when Wadsworth Fire Department arrived, Tucker was the only person present at the home, which she owned. It took firefighters from Wadsworth, Rittman, Seville-Guilford and Sharon Township five hours to put out the blaze.

Police said an investigation quickly revealed it was likely arson.

Tucker was indicted and arrested in June. She has been free on 10 percent of a $250,000 bond since June 24.

She has been living in the 12800 block of Cleveland Road in Creston for the duration of her bond.

At her arraignment hearing in June, her attorney told Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Collier that she’s not a flight risk because she’s known about the investigation from the beginning.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.