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Three area men charged with arson in St. Basil Church Fire

Three men face federal arson and burglary charges in con­nection with the July 19 fire that destroyed St. Basil’s Church west of Ridgeview.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cody Yellow, 28-year-old Robert Grind­stone and 28-year-old Ake Kyle Eagle Hunter are charged in federal court with third-degree burglary and arson. If convicted the three each face up to 30 years in federal prison.

St. Basil’s Church, also known as Mossman Church, was built in 1917 and was listed as a his­toric landmark. Although regular mass was not held at the church, weddings, funerals, and an an­nual Memorial Day mass was held there.

The 98 year old church was a well known landmark, attracting many photographers and artists to capture it’s likeness over the years.

Community members are con­sidering trying to rebuild the landmark.

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