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Tonica man arrested on arson charges

David M. Willis
David M. Willis

OTTAWA — A Tonica man was arrested Nov. 9 on arson charges.

David M. Willis, 36, is charged with arson and insurance fraud. He was arrested on warrants and taken to the LaSalle County Jail.

Willis set fire to a Tonica woman’s house June 2 and her carriage house Aug. 4, with the aim of defrauding the insurer, according to the charges.

Willis’ listed address is the same as the woman’s. Willis is further charged with trying to defraud his insurance company in December by falsely reporting his motorcycle was stolen.

Tonica police handled the investigation.

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