Ojai woman pleads not guilty to arson charges

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
An Ojai woman was arrested for felony arson in the early hours of June 21, according to Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO) Senior Deputy Gregg Delarosa.
Maria Cristina Ramirez-Pichardo, 35, is accused of setting three fires on the Ojai Valley Inn's Country Club Drive property. She entered not guilty pleas on all charges against her during a Ventura County Superior Court hearing June 25.
The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) responded to a fire at the Ojai Valley Inn June 21 at 1:56 a.m. Upon arrival, Delarosa said, VCFD officials found evidence of multiple small fires around the property and requested the assistance of the Ojai Police Department.

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