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Court hearing set for man who officials allege tried to set mother, ex-girlfriend’s homes’ ablaze

By jeff gallatin

By Jeff Gallatin

North Olmsted

A Central Ohio man whom authorities allege made separate attempts to set his mother and ex-girlfriend’s North Olmsted homes on fire is scheduled to go before a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge tomorrow.

Steven D. Wright, 42, has a pre-trial conference set before Common Pleas Judge Richard J. McMonagle on charges relating to both incidents. A previous hearing set for June 19 was postponed. Wright is currently free on $250,000 bond. He had not shown for initial hearings and authorities issued an arrest warrant for him, but he showed up with an attorney June 8, and authorities reset the court dates.

In the July 2011 incident, police said Wright tried to set his mother’s home ablaze at about 2 a.m. while his mother, her caretaker and the caretaker’s young child were all asleep in the home.

In the March incident, police said Wright threw a homemade Molotov cocktail incendiary device at his ex-girlfriend’s home after making a series of threats to her. Police said Wright had left threatening messages on the girlfriend’s cellphone.

In both cases, the fires were extinguished with no injuries to people. The July 2011 fire took place around 2 a.m. and caused extensive property damage to the house. In the second incident, the incendiary device fell short of the house and there was only minor property damage.

North Olmsted Detective Dan Barrett, the investigating officer, said Wright is a threat to other people with these types of incidents.

“They speak for themselves,” he said. “Trying to set fires to other peoples homes with people in them.”

Wright’s attorneys could not be reached for comment.




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