Teen charged as adult in burglary, fire

March 06, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

The second of two Washington County teenagers charged with burglarizing and setting fire to the Mt. Aetna Country Store Jan. 31 has now been charged as an adult.

Adam Wayne Orndorff, 17, address unknown, was waived to adult court Wednesday and was being held Friday at the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Orndorff is charged with second-degree arson, malicious burning, two counts of burglary, destruction of property and conspiracy to commit burglary, according to District Court records.

Co-defendant Derrick Steven Carter, 18, of Smithsburg, was released Feb. 2 after posting a $50,000 bond, jail officials said Friday.

Carter was charged with burglary, arson, theft and malicious destruction of property.

The 4:04 a.m. blaze caused $350,000 in damage to the 10445 Mapleville Road business, according to Maryland State fire marshals.

Maryland State Police worked with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and investigators of the State Fire Marshal's Office.


Investigators recovered evidence and took statements from neighbors, which helped them identify suspects, police said.

"Names began to surface right after the fire and we followed up," Trooper 1st Class T.E. McDonough said in February.

The first suspect was identified within the first 10 hours, according to Depuity State Fire Marshal Jim Woods.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Hahn ruled the fire an arson. From the beginning, police and fire marshals believed the fire was set by someone trying to cover evidence of a burglary inside the one-story building, according to Hahn.

The store was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived, and took them an hour to extinguish.

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