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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • 2 suspects charged in Valley City church fire

  • Two people charged with burglarizing a Valley City church are now accused of torching the building to cover up evidence in a subsequent break-in.
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  • Two people charged with burglarizing a Valley City church are now accused of torching the building to cover up evidence in a subsequent break-in.
    Twenty-five-year-old Andrew Miklas, of Fargo, and 18-year-old Nicole Lindermann, of Valley City, were charged with burglarizing Faith Lutheran Church on Oct. 6. They're now also accused of breaking into the church Oct. 21 and setting fire to it.
    Police Chief Fred Thompson says Miklas now also faces charges of arson and endangering by fire or explosion, and Lindermann faces an arson conspiracy charge. It wasn't immediately clear if their public defenders on other charges will represent them on the new charges.
    The fire caused an estimated $2.2 million in damage to the church.
    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped in the investigation.

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