Accused arsonists

Michelle Rhoads, front, and Misty Dunbar, back right, are escorted to their arraignments by law enforcement officers on Wednesday evening.

MOUNT CARMEL — Two 23-year-old women were arraigned late Wednesday evening on charges that they started the fire that destroyed two houses and left three people homeless on Tuesday in the borough.

Magisterial District Judge William C. Cole filed arson and related charges against Misty Dunbar and Michelle Rhoads following a police investigation. Both women are from Mount Carmel.

Each is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, eight counts of arson, criminal mischief, causing or risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person and loitering and prowling at night.

Bail was denied. Preliminary hearings for both Dunbar and Rhoads are set for Wednesday, Aug. 21.

For more details, see Thursday's edition of The News-Item.

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