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Sister Faces Charge of Attempted Murder After Suspicious Fire

Early Sunday, a fire erupted in an apartment at 250 N. Pacific in Orcutt/Santa Maria. A female, who was disabled, was found at the front of the residence and said she was able to exit her residence without injury.

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Lolita Nelson
An investigator determined the fire appeared to have been intentionally set.

Sheriff’s detectives determined that the female had been at the residence for only about a week and that her sister, 50-year-old Lolita Nelson, actually rented the apartment. Nelson was not present at the time of the fire and had been seen leaving in a vehicle just before the fire.

After an investigation, detectives arrested Nelson on a charge of attempted murder. She was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail and held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Sgt. Alex Tipolt is a public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

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