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Police May Be Close to Finding American Legion Arsonist

November 2, 2010

By Heather Turner

ALBANY, Ore. — Albany Police may be closer to finding the person responsible for the Fourth of July fire which destroyed the American Legion Post 10 building.

It’s been four months since the fire happened.

An empty lot is all that remains at the site, which used to be home to more than 1,100 members.

Albany Police officers were not available to comment Tuesday, but American Legion Commander James McCanlas says they told him they are 99.9 percent sure they have identified a person of interest.

McCanlas says they are now looking for more potential evidence before they can press charges.

The person is not a member of the American Legion.

McCanlas was also told police do have a damaged hard drive that they took to a lab for further evidence, and he says he’s just happy to hear they’re making progress on the case.

“It’s important that we catch him.  He obviously needs help.  I don’t know why he would do something like that, or she or whoever it is, but they need help, obviously,” McCanlas said.

There is some good news for Post 10 members.  They will take part in a ground breaking ceremony on Veteran’s Day for a new building at the old location.

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