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Woman accused of arson remains in custody

By Shurtz, Delon on May 16, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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A 27-year-old Lethbridge woman accused of setting a fire downtown earlier this week will remain in custody for at least several more days.

Following a brief hearing Friday in Lethbridge provincial court, Mary-Lee Roy Parks was remanded until next Friday when she is scheduled to appear by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

The accused, court was told, was unable to appear by CCTV during her first court hearing because she is in quarantine until she has been tested for COVID-19 and cleared.

On Wednesday police responded to a fire at the Umami Shop in the 800 block of 4 Avenue South. During the early morning hours wood pallets and cardboard that was piled up against the building were lit on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which caused about $6,000 worth of damage to the store and overhead Telus lines. A suspect was identified through security video footage and arrested without incident the following morning. The suspect was also caught with an unspecified amount of methamphetamine.

Parks is charged with arson, drug possession and breach of an undertaking.

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