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Greencastle grad to stand trial on arson charge

January 02, 2002

Greencastle grad to stand trial on arson charge



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle-Antrim High School graduate who allegedly set fire to the school's roof last summer is scheduled for a trial in February.

Christopher David Giannoumis, 18, of 243 S. Washington St., was arrested near the school in the early morning hours of July 15.

He was charged with arson, criminal mischief and institutional vandalism, according to court records.

Giannoumis is scheduled for a trial without jury on Feb. 21 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

Giannoumis, who graduated from the school in June, was caught after a witness called 911 to report seeing someone on the roof of the school and a fire, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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He told police he walked to the school with a Zippo lighter, a small flare from a roadway kit and a screwdriver, the affidavit said.

He allegedly reached the roof by climbing a drainage pipe and walked to a skylight above the cafeteria.

He used the screwdriver to poke a hole in the roof before lighting the flare, according to court records.

The fire spread quickly and he attempted to extinguish the flames by blowing and fanning them with his shirt, court records said.

He then ran home for a towel after realizing his efforts were not working, records said.

On his return, he climbed back on the roof, saw the flames and the skylight collapsing inward and climbed down, according to court records.

A skylight and some of the roof fell in, striking a table and chairs and damaging the cafeteria floor, police said.

The damage was estimated at $5,000.

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