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Man charged in his car's arson

September 06, 2000

Man charged in his car's arson



Four arrests have been made in connection with an Aug. 24 fire in which a car was deliberately torched in the Pangborn Corp. parking lot, according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh.

Car owner David Alan Kline Jr., 24, of 12914 Pinehill Road; Charles Edward Sarver, 28, and Kathy Marie Pogue, 20, both of 125 E. Franklin St.; and Ellis Bradley Simpkins, 21, of 201 E. Franklin St., were served with criminal summons late last week, Hersh said.

Each is charged with felony malicious destruction of property, first-degree malicious burning and setting fire to defraud an insurance company, Hersh said.

Conviction on the two fire-related charges carry maximum penalties of five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. A conviction on a felony destruction of property charge carries a penalty of three years and/or a $2,500 fine.

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The 1991 Buick Century belonged to Kline, who had told Hersh he was there with friends earlier and returned to find his car on fire.

The fire call went out at 1:58 a.m. and firefighters from Junior and Pioneer Hook and Ladder companies responded.

When the car was checked, it was determined the vehicle had been vandalized and then set on fire. The loss was set at $4,000, Hersh said.

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