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Redmond Arson Leads to Arrest

REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Police believe a domestic dispute led to a Saturday afternoon arson that destroyed a motorhome on vacant land east of town. Firefighters responded to the blaze near Northeast 17th and Hemlock and found the RV fully involved, just after 3 p.m. The property is owned by Deschutes County, and has been the site of several illegal transient camps in recent years. 

No one was around when crews arrived at the scene, but witnesses say a couple had been fighting, prior to the fire. A man left but a woman went into the motorhome for a short time. The fire started after she took off. 

Police identified the woman as 36-year-old Janice Knieriem and found her in a nearby travel trailer. They believe she doused clothing with gasoline and lit the fire before leaving. She’s charged with Arson and an outstanding warrant. 

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