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      Preliminary hearing set for man accused in Newcomb Hotel fire

      Mathew Clark accused in Newcomb Hotel fire in Quincy.


      A man accused of setting fire to the Newcomb Hotel in Quincy is fit to stand trial.


      That's according to a mental evaluation conducted on Mathew Clark.


      He is charged with burglary and criminal damage to property over $100,000 in the incident that he told police was an accident that took place while he was salvaging in the building for scrap metal.


      The 24-year-old appeared at a hearing Tuesday in Adams County County before Judge Scott Walden.


      The judge scheduled 1:45 p.m. Oct. 16 preliminary hearing in the criminal felony case.


      Clark remains in the Adams County Jail on $200,000 bond.


      Quincy police arrested Clark Sept. 16, 10 days after the fire that destroyed the historic building at 4th and Maine in downtown Quincy.


      In a separate Sept. 17 court filing, Clark's girlfriend filed a request for an order of protection. A judge heard that request Tuesday prior to Clark's status conference in the criminal case.

      A judge granted a temporary order of protection for Clark's former girlfriend. The judge is expected to grant a more permanent order in the coming weeks.


      The girlfriend, who was not named because KHQA could not verify her age, accused Clark of making harassing telephone calls.

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