East Liverpool couple disappointed in arson committee reward

Ralph and Kathryn Houshour received a $500 check from the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee.

The Houshours. Fab. 22, 2016
A $500 reward from the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee was presented to Kathryn and Ralph Houshour of LaCroft after they assisted in helping identify the person convicted of burning their rental property, shown behind them. With them is their grandson Noah Houshour. (Courtesy Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, The Morning Journal)

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – People really do receive payments from the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee. In this case, the Morning Journal reports it wasn’t nearly as much as expected.

Ralph and Kathryn Houshour received a $500 check after providing information about an arson suspect. That suspect was a tenant in a house they owned at 2744 Lisbon St.

There had been a fire at that house on Apr. 25, 2015, and Kathryn overheard Perry A. Ross, II, 19, talking about the fire.

Ross was later convicted of arson and other charges and ordered to spend six months at an alternative prison facility in Wintersville, Ohio. He is also on probation for three years.

The task force offers rewards up to $5,000. They say they take into consideration the severity of the crime, including injuries or fatalities, whether there were threats involved, how much damage resulted, and whether it was financially driven.

Kathryn says they were hoping the reward would be greater, since they have a lot of money invested in the property. Ross was not ordered to make restitution.

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