Piqua man pleads not guilty to arson

PIQUA — In Miami County Common Pleas Court, Piqua resident Richard Bryant Jr., 39, entered a not guilty plea to an indictment charging him with one count of fourth-degree felony arson on Wednesday.

Judge Christopher Gee ordered Bryant to have no contact with two victims in the alleged arson fire of a Piqua garage on Dec. 12. Bryant’s pre-trial conference was set for March 7.

According to police reports, a witness saw Bryant allegedly setting fire to the garage on purpose using lighter fluid around 1 a.m. last December.

Damage was reported to the siding and roof of the garage and estimated to cost more than $3,000, according to Piqua police reports.