March 22, 2013

Judge rejects bid to withdraw guilty plea in mosque arson

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The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo was founded in 1954 and built this Middle Eastern-style mosque in suburban Toledo, Ohio in 1983. A fire that officials labeled as arson damaged the building’s interior on Sept. 30, 2012. It will be at least three months before damage from the blaze and water from sprinklers is repaired, mosque officials said. RNS photo by David Yonke

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TOLEDO, Ohio (RNS) A federal judge said an Indiana man was fully competent when he pleaded guilty to federal arson charges related to a Sept. 30 fire at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.