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Man held for trial on all charge in city hall blaze

The Associated Press

LANCASTER – A man has been ordered to stand trial in fires that damaged the entrance of a Pennsylvania city hall and a nearby vehicle.

The handmade doors of Lancaster City Hall were torched on May 23, 2018. They were made in the 1800s, police said.

LNP newspaper reports that a district judge last week held all charges against 29-year-old Dwain London Jr. in the May 23 blaze at the Lancaster City Hall.

London is being held on $2 million bail on charges of terrorism, arson, reckless burning or exploding, institutional vandalism and conspiracy.

Mayor Danene Sorace has said London had been at a City Council meeting the night before speaking about actions the city was taking concerning family properties.

She said damage to the 130-year-old doors and stone front of the building as well as the vehicle has cost the city more than $100,000.

A York City man also faces charges in the case.

Patrick Joseph Baker, 18, of the 200 block of East Philadelphia Street, is charged with terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, institutional vandalism, reckless burning and two counts of arson. All the offenses are felonies, according to court records.

Patrick Joseph Baker