Man charged in Warren arson

WARREN — A Youngstown man pleaded not guilty to an aggravated arson charge in connection to an August fire at a Warren apartment complex.

Richard Heckman, 47, 284 Broadway Ave., appeared Monday morning before Warren Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak, who set bond at $100,000. A hearing is set 9:30 a.m. next Monday before Ivanchak.

Heckman was picked up Friday by authorities on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender and on the arson charge. On Aug. 18, police questioned Heckman after a fire was put out at the Campbell Apartments on West Market Street. Reports said the man admitted to lighting the fire and being a sex offender.

No one was injured in the blaze, which caused $20,000 damage, and the report states Heckman was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

According to the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry, Heckman, who listed a Western Reserve Road, Poland, address, was convicted of attempted sexual battery in 2016.


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