Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

April 02, 2004

Boy, 15, charged with arson in South Carroll High fire

A 15-year-old sophomore has been charged with arson after fire investigators said he ignited a pile of paper in a Carroll County high school bathroom.

A deputy state fire marshal said the boy created a pile of paper towels and toilet tissue on a restroom floor at South Carroll High School on March 23, then ignited it. Investigators said the fire spread throughout the room but was extinguished quickly. Damage was limited to floors and walls, said Allen Gosnell, deputy chief state fire marshal.

On March 25, the boy was charged with one count of first-degree arson, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property and malicious burning. He was released into the custody of his parents. He was suspended from school and is on home detention awaiting trial on April 26, authorities said.

Mount Airy officials report vandalism of sewer lines

Vandals have removed manhole lids at least four times in the past week and thrown debris into sewer lines in Mount Airy, town officials said yesterday.

The incidents in the Village Gate area probably are the result of children fooling around, unaware that the debris could wash into the pumping station and back up sewage into homes, officials said.

The first incident occurred Saturday evening, said Councilman William E. Wagner Jr., head of the town's water and sewer department. The same manhole cover was replaced and removed three times, and another was removed once. "We're asking if anyone is aware of this, call the Town Hall or call the resident troopers so we can get right on it," he said.

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