Grand jury indicts Westminster man, 20, in arsons, thefts, property destruction

July 10, 1998|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County grand jury returned indictments yesterday against a 20-year-old Westminster man, accusing him of burning two automobiles, two houses under construction and a barn during 17 days in April.

Kevin William Wayson III of the 1200 block of Campus Court is charged in four indictments with multiple crimes, including arson, malicious burning, theft, and malicious destruction of property.

The charges "were a spinoff of an undercover investigation at Westminster High School for three or four months," said Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes.

In a five-count indictment, Wayson is accused of setting fire on April 13 to a 1991 Buick sedan in the 400 block of Rockland Road, Westminster.

The charges include malicious burning, malicious destruction of property and stealing the car from the 200 block of Memorial Ave.

In a four-count indictment, Wayson is accused of setting fire to a house under construction in the 1500 block of Kilkenny Drive in Westminster -- second-degree arson -- and with burglarizing a storage building at the same address, as well as malicious burning and malicious destruction of property in the April 14 incident.

A third indictment charges him with two counts of second-degree arson: the burning of a house under construction in the 1500 block of Green Mill Road in Westminster on April 26, and of a barn on the same day in the 1100 block of Poole Road, Westminster, belonging to Mines Safety Appliances.

Second-degree arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine; two lesser charges of malicious destruction of property, of less than $300, are misdemeanors carrying a maximum $500 fine.

The fourth indictment alleges that Wayson on April 30 set fire to a 1996 Oldsmobile Sierra in the 1200 block of Washington Road, after taking it from the 200 block of St. Mark's Way in Westminster.

The charges include first-degree malicious burning and unauthorized use of an automobile, as well as malicious destruction of property over $300.

Pub Date: 7/10/98

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