Thursday, December 15, 2011


On July 16, 2010 at approximately 11:46 p.m., the Greenville Police Department began receiving reports of fires in the downtown area. Once fire control measures were completed, investigators from the Division of State Fire Marshal, the Greenville Fire Department, and the Greenville Police Department began investigating the origin and cause of the fire. Investigators were able to determine the fires were intentionally set by unknown suspect(s).

In August 2010, investigators with the Greenville Police Department obtained information and assistance from a confidential informant which lead to the arrest and conviction of Michael J. MacDonald and a male juvenile.

On December 14, 2011, the Greenville Police Department presented a check to the confidential informant in the amount of $3500 from the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for the assistance rendered in bringing the investigation to a successful conclusion.

Chief Dennis L. Butts of the Greenville Police Department, and Chief Mark Wolf of the Greenville Fire Department want to remind the community that the public safety departments and the citizens must work together to ensure the safety and quality of life in our community. Without the help of the confidential informant, this case may have remained unsolved.

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