Burned theatre leads to civil rights complaint
PORTSMOUTH, OH — Lee Scott, the co-owner of the Columbia Music Hall, which burned in November 2007 as the result of what the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, state and local agencies determined to be arson, has filed a civil rights complaint against the city’s police chief and the police department.
Scott who had previously been active in city politics and had helped recall a mayor that opposed his restoring the then closed movie theater, had been quoted in the Daily Times 12 hours before the fire as declining to pay for extra police protection.
The owner had threatened to tell down all that remains of the theatre but worked out an agreement with the current mayor to at least partially restore the Columbia. No arrests have been made.
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