Woman gets racist threat, then gets her truck set on fire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A business owner in Ohio finds a racist letter posted on her door ... then her truck was set on fire.

Inside of the Old Buckeye School on Mount Vernon Avenue in Youngstown, Nicole Rhodes is in the process of moving, and reopening her hair school -- she's owned the building for 3 and a half years, according to WKBN.

But, she says within the last few weeks, things have started to get out of control. She says two and a half weeks ago, someone left a threatening letter taped to the door of the building.

"I'm now getting letters on my door saying black 'b' we don't want you here. You don't get burnt up in there. "

Youngstown Police filed a police report, investigating the letter as menacing. In the narrative, it states Nicole was in fear of her safety because of the message on the door. She says the letter creates hate, something she doesn't want any part of.

"'I don't want to encourage at all, no type of hate," Rhodes told WKBN. "That's what this is."

She says she's upset, but it's not enough for her to stop moving forward with reopening the beauty school.

"So frustrating and that type of frustration is what makes most people stop doing it."

Then, Monday morning, her 2006 F-150 was caught on fire. Arson investigators say somebody is behind it.

"It's definitely a set fire," said Alvin Ware, Chief Fire Investigator of the Youngstown Fire Dept.

"Burning my truck up and threatening my family," Rhodes said. "That's not cool."

Chief fire investigator Alvin Ware says the truck was towed to impound lot since it is a suspicious fire. As of right now, there are no leads on who set the fire or who left the note on the building.