Arson Suspect Charged in Two More Fires

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM EDT

By WKBW News

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM EDT

North Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) North Tonawanda police officers have arrested Michelle Johnston, 41, for the second time this month, charging her in relation to two additional fires on Fifth Avenue.

The new charges stem from a fire at 7 Fifth Avenue on July 20, and a fire at her own address, 15 Fifth Avenue, on July 23. She is charged with second degree arson in both incidents, and with falsely reporting an incident for the fire at her own home. Officers say she gave false information to first responders about that fire.

Both homes were occupied when the fires started.

Johnston was arrested back on July 9th for nine other fires on Fifth Avenue that were set between June 20th and the morning of her arrest. She was taken into custody, but released on $40,000 bond.

At a court date last Friday, Johnston's case was delayed because she had failed to retain an attorney. Police say she lit the first of the two most recent fires two days later.

Johnston is remanded to jail without bail following her most recent arrest. She has retained an attorney and is due in North Tonawanda City Court on Thursday afternoon.

Johnston is accused of setting 11 fires in total, including two at 7 Fifth Avenue, one at her residence at 15 Fifth Avenue, and eight at 19 Fifth Avenue. In all, she is charged with 12 felonies.