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Va. minister charged with setting home, car on fire

Thursday - 4/4/2013, 10:38am  ET

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) -- A minister at a Petersburg church faces charges of setting his house and car in Chesterfield County on fire.

Chesterfield County police had investigated the fires as a possible hate crime because a racial slur had been painted on the house. Media outlets report that 41-year-old Olander D. Cuthrell, who is black, is accused of doing the damage himself.

Police charged Cuthrell on Tuesday with two felony arson counts.

The fires occurred March 15. One fire was set on the front porch of Cuthrell's house. The other was set in a car.

Cuthrell is a minister of music at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg.

He is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail. An April 17 hearing is set in Chesterfield County General District Court.


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