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Virginia woman sets Niagara Park police cars on fire

NIAGARA FALLS – A Virginia woman will undergo a mental health evaluation after she set two State Park Police cars on fire Thursday in Niagara Falls State Park.

Yeshiemebet Tessema, 45, of Falls Church, Va., will be charged with arson and criminal mischief after police said she used an accelerant to set the police vehicles on fire.

No one was inside the vehicles at the time. They were parked in front of the agency’s station on Goat Island.

Tessema was immediately taken into custody.

The vehicles were moderately damaged and are repairable, Park Police Maj. David Page said.

Goat Island was closed for a time late Thursday afternoon following the incident.