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Police arrest Kentucky man on preliminary charge of arson


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Columbus police arrested Ricky D. Lovins, 54, Woodstock, Kentucky, on a preliminary charge of arson as a Level 6 felony after he was questioned following a trash Dumpster fire at a Cummins, Inc. loading dock at 6:47 a.m. Saturday.

Columbus firefighters were called to the Cummins loading dock and noticed Lovins watching nearby, recognizing him from another fire scene earlier in their shift.

Lovins is on a 48-hour hold at the Bartholomew County Jail, Columbus police said.

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