2 more suspects charged in fire at Marley school

Damage to building estimated at $1.5 million

September 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two more suspects have been arrested and charged with second-degree arson in connection with a two-alarm fire early Tuesday at the future Marley Elementary School, Anne Arundel County fire officials said yesterday.

The Glen Burnie residents, Joseph Anthony Molineiro, 21, and a 16-year-old male whom officials would not identify because he is a juvenile, were arrested Tuesday night at their homes, said Division Chief John M. Scholz, a Fire Department spokesman.

Their arrests were made less than 24 hours after three other suspects, Charles Edward Sawyer, 20, and two 17-year-old boys, all of Glen Burnie, were apprehended by police while the early morning fire still blazed.

About 3 a.m. Tuesday, witnesses reported that several people were throwing flammable liquid at a car about a mile from the school, which is under construction on Marley Station Road, Scholz said. Three suspects were taken into custody and charged a short time later.

More than 55 firefighters were needed to control the fire, which caused damage that is estimated to exceed $1.5 million, Scholz said.

Sawyer and Molineiro were being held at the county detention center yesterday in lieu of $250,000 bond. The juveniles were released to the custody of their guardians.

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