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Ohio tracks 42 convicted arsonists on new registry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have submitted the names of 42 convicted arsonists to a newly created database requiring them to register annually with local authorities.

The names were added in the first three months of the registry which started up July 1 and is managed by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Officials hope it will help solve more cases, deter repeat offenses and prevent deaths and property damage. Ohio is among a few states that require convicted arsonists to register with authorities.

Fire investigators have noted that won't prove who committed the crime, but they say it gives them a starting point.

The registry is not a public record. It's funded by registration fees paid by the offenders.

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