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Man charged with North End arson, assault

A 34-year-old Ketchikan man faces charges of arson and assault after allegedly setting fire to a home near Mile 15 North Tongass Highway Friday evening.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Scot Bartholomew allegedly assaulted a woman who lived at the home, causing minor injuries. She left the house, and Troopers say that’s when Bartholomew set fire to it.

The home was engulfed with flames, and Troopers say the state Fire Marshal is investigating. Bartholomew was found near the home Friday night, and Troopers charged him with first-degree arson, third-degree assault, and three counts of fourth-degree assault.

Bartholomew was arraigned Saturday morning. His next court appearance is 1 p.m. Tuesday in Ketchikan District Court.

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