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Accused Arsonist Makes Initial Court Appearaance

An October trial date was set Friday for a Vincennes man charged with four counts of Arson and one count of Attempted Arson.

22-year-old James Beamon made his initial court appearance in Knox County Superior Court-One.

Beamon is accused of setting the December 2011 fire that destroyed the Gimbel-Bond building on Main Street in downtown Vincennes.

Authorities also say he admitted setting fire to three buildings on Washington Avenue: a commercial building owned by David Shelton in June of last year; the Pine Box building in March of this year, and the C-and-G Cleaners building in May of this year.

He also admitted to attempting to set fire to the Attic on Washington Avenue a day after the C-and-G Cleaners’ fire.