Two teen-agers face arson charges after 6 early-morning trash bin fires COLUMBIA

April 22, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

An 18-year-old Kings Contrivance woman and her 17-year-old friend have been charged with setting fire to six trash bins throughout Columbia early yesterday, county police said.

Lindsey Worth of the 7600 block of Weatherworn Way was charged yesterday with six counts of burning a trash container and one count of arson, police said. She is being held in lieu of $2,500 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

A male friend has been charged as a juvenile with six counts of burning a trash container and one count of arson, police said. He was released to the custody of his parents.

Police said they have not determined a motive for the fires, which caused minor damage.

The first Dumpster fire occurred about 1 a.m. at Wilde Lake High School in the 5400 block of Trumpeter Road in Wilde Lake, police said.

After that fire was reported, five more occurred before 3 a.m., police said.

The other fires occurred in trash bins at Swansfield Elementary School in the 5600 block of Cedar Lane in Harper's Choice; Owen Brown Interfaith Center in the 7200 block of Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown; Twin Knolls Professional Building in the 5500 block of Twin Knolls Road in Oakland Mills; Oakland Mills High School in the 9400 block of Kilimanjaro Road in Oakland Mills; and Snowden River Parkway near McGaw Court in Owen Brown, police said.

A break came when a firefighter who responded to the fire at Wilde Lake gave police the license plate number of a Honda Accord seen leaving the school, police said.

Investigators traced the 1984 Accord to its owner, who said her daughter had used the car.

When questioned, the 18-year-old denied any knowledge of the fires but later admitted setting them, police said.

Her male friend also admitted setting the fires, police said.

Investigators recovered a cigarette lighter and a gas can from the suspects, police said.

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