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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 16, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com A jury was empaneled Monday in Washington County Circuit Court for the trial of a man accused of burning down his apartment building to collect insurance money. John A. Mitchell, 37, was living in an apartment at 38-40 Randolph Ave. in Hagerstown when it was damaged by fire on May 19, 2002. The prosecution alleges that Mitchell torched the building shortly after midnight and drove away, while the defense contends someone else is to blame.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 6, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY One year after a historic Williamsport house burned, a judge ordered a former resident to serve 10 years in prison for second-degree arson. Lauren Alexandria France, 19, stood silently Monday as Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III announced her sentence. Sitting nearby, her mother, Patricia, wiped a tear from her face. Both women lived in the house until the town evicted them two years ago. Wright also sentenced Lauren France to serve three years in prison, to run concurrently, for a conviction of malicious destruction of property.
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By HEATHER KEELS | November 30, 1999
HAGERSTOWN ? A Hagerstown man admitted that he set fire to his neighbor's mobile home last week after his wife refused to come home from there, a deputy state fire marshal said in charging documents. Ronald Lee Hoke, 30, of 13612 Lois St., was charged with first-degree arson, according to Washington County District court documents. Hoke told Deputy State Fire Marshal Michael R. Mattingly that, on Dec. 10, he set a pair of pants on fire, dropped them at the rear of his neighbor's mobile home and returned home to watch television, according to charging documents.
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September 25, 2012
A man has been charged with setting a fire that gutted a house Friday night at 6601 Remsburg Road near Antietam National Battlefield, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said Tuesday. Max Eugene Godlove, 50, was charged with one count each of first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, reckless endangerment and threat of arson, according to a fire marshal's office news release. If convicted on all counts, Godlove faces a maximum of 50 years in prison and $70,000 in fines.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 8, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 30-year-old man accused of attempting Tuesday to burn the mobile home where his children live with their mother told police after being captured he had just used heroin, according to court records. Eric Scott Hardy, of no fixed address, on Wednesday was in Eastern Regional Jail on charges of first-degree arson and fleeing while driving under the influence, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. A second DUI-related charge against Hardy was dropped by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison after it was determined it was mistakenly filed as a felony and not as a misdemeanor, according to court officials.
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BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | April 3, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com Maryland state fire investigators said a fire that destroyed a two-story home early Tuesday appeared to have been intentionally set. Fire broke out at 2234 Kaetzel Road in Rohrersville around midnight, Deputy Maryland State Fire Marshal Steven M. Wendling said. The home, owned by Crena Anderson, was unoccupied at the time. Tenants had moved out a day earlier, Wendling said. Witnesses saw a slim, white woman driving away in a white van, he said.
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June 5, 2008
A 17-year-old Hagerstown boy is charged with arson in a Tuesday night fire that destroyed a vacant house on Linwood Road, Hagers-town Fire Department officials said. The house, which is in a remote area behind Greenberry Hills and Wesel Boulevard at 1211 Linwood Road, was a total loss, the department said. The Hagerstown Fire Marshal's office determined the fire was an act of arson and, with the help of the Hagers-town Police Department, arrested the 17-year-old. The boy, whose name was not released, is charged with second degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and reckless endangerment, the department said.
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June 7, 2007
A Berkeley County, W.Va., jury found Thomas A. Dawson guilty Thursday of felony murder in the death of his stepmother, Jeannette K. Dawson. Dawson also was convicted of first-degree arson. Read the full story in Friday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2011
A 13-year-old boy was charged Tuesday with arson in a two-alarm duplex fire that officials said almost killed a girl. The boy was placed in the custody of the Franklin County (Pa.) Juvenile Probation Department on charges including arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeff Sarver said the child used lighter fluid Monday to ignite the back porch of 270 Lincoln Way West. A 14-year-old girl who suffered smoke inhalation was recovering at a Baltimore hospital, Sarver said.
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