By News-Register staff • 

Third Street Pizza fire suspect arrested

UPDATE / Sunday, June 4:

Third Street Pizza fire suspect Meagan Ray was arraigned Friday, June 2, before Presiding Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Ladd Wiles on one count each of second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespass and reckless burning.

The reckless burning and criminal mischief charges are Class A misdemeanors. Criminal trespass is a Class C misdemeanor.

Ray was also originally charged by McMinnville Police with one count of recklessly endangering another person, but the District Attorney did not officially accept that charge.

She was booked into the Yamhill County Jail without bail at the time of her arrest. Chief Deputy District Attorney Kate Lynch requested that Wiles set bail. Ray told the court she is not a transient, has a trailer in which to live and a job. She resides in Dallas, according to jail records, and was conditionally released from custody and will return to court at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 13.

See Tuesday's print edition for additional details.

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McMinnville Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the Wednesday, May 24, fire that heavily damaged the Third Street Pizza/Moonlight Theater business in downtown McMinnville.

She was identified by police as Meagan Jane Ray, 38, and charged with one count each of second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespass, reckless burning and recklessly endangering another person. She does not have a permanent address, according to McMinnville Police Chief Matt Scales.

With the exception of second-degree criminal trespass, a Class C misdemeanor, the charges are Class A misdemeanors.

Ray is lodged in the Yamhill County Jail without bail pending circuit court arraignment.

Police, with assistance from the sheriff’s office, located Ray at about 3:30 a.m. this morning, June 2, in a vehicle in Sheridan and took her into custody.

Scales told the News-Register the arrest resulted from a significant amount of work on the part of investigators and agencies.

"The help we received from McMinnville Fire, the Portland Fire Bureau and the Oregon State Police was critical," he said.

This case has been referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact police officer Lucas Henkel at 503-434-7307.

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

"There was some social media chatter than someone might have broken into the building, but that obviously was not the case," Scales said.








Joel R

Well there you have it Hibb.


And here I was thinking you appreciated the American Justice System:
Joel R
Twelve thoughtful and unbiased people putting a hard brake on the power that the DA's office and the police wield. It's a beautiful thing. I'm so grateful that I live in America.
06:01 pm - Wed, May 31 2023

Joel R


Not sure I see the connection.
Hibb chastened leo for thinking it was a homeless person. Turns out there is probable cause to believe it was (it's required to make an arrest). Just wanted to good naturedly rub it in a bit on Hibb. No ill intent. It's all good.
If a jury of her peers finds her not guilty, I'll celebrate that too.


She will have the best attorney recycled cans will buy..


tagup might be right (never thought I'd say that), but never underestimate the pro bono lawyers that might come to her rescue.
As for the homeless claim... I would of guessed it too, but I prefer to let the course of the justice system work rather than rush to judgment.


She IS a homeless person and a drug addict. Her parents are raising her children because she chooses another life style. Throw the book a her!


We do agree Hibb! Resisting unsubstantiated accusations is the correct course of action!

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