Convicted Lorain County Arsonist Accused of Sending Threats, White Powder to Summit County Prosecutor's Office

Drew Manns in the Lorain County Common Pleas Court
  • Screencap of a Morning Journal video (link below)
  • Drew Manns in the Lorain County Common Pleas Court


An Elyria man currently in prison for setting fire to a Lorain County Community College building was indicted by a federal grand jury this week, accused of mailing threats and a "white powdery substance" to the Summit County prosecutor's office.

Drew Manns, 31, was sentenced last year in the Lorain County Common Pleas Court to five years in prison for the 2009 fire that caused more than $8 million in damage to the Lorain County Community College's business building (see the Morning Journal story on that). According to state records, Manns is currently housed at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.

From prison last August, he's accused of sending letters to the criminal division of the Summit County prosecutor's office that contained both threats to injure someone there and a "white powdery substance" that he said was anthrax.

Read the full indictment here:

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Doug Brown

Doug Brown is a staff writer at Scene with a passion for public records laws and investigative reporting. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., he has an M.A. in journalism from the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a B.A. in political science from Hiram College. Prior to joining Scene,...
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