Arrest made in blaze that destroyed women's school

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM

BEREA, Ky. (AP) — Police in Berea say they've made an arrest in a blaze that destroyed a school for women.

The Richmond Register (http://bit.ly/TNBopY) cited a statement from the Berea Police Department in reporting the arrest of 30-year-old Gary C. Davidson of Louisville on charges of burglary and arson after a nearly yearlong investigation by Kentucky State Police.

The blaze last December gutted the New Opportunity School for Women, which was founded 26 years ago as a way for Appalachian women to become better educated and employed.

After the fire, the school changed its location, but not its mission. Director Lori Silwa said it has been a tough year, but many graduates and new donors have come forward to help.

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Information from: Richmond Register, http://www.richmondregister.com

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