Teen Charged With Setting Church on Fire
Posted April 27, 2007
Smithfield, N.C. — A Johnston County teen was charged Friday with setting fire to a church last weekend, authorities said.
Alvin Lee Parrish, 17, has been charged with arson in connection with a Sunday morning fire at Whitley Memorial United Methodist Church, authorities said. He is being held in the Johnston County Detention Center on a $140,000 bond.
Smithfield police discovered the fire while investigating a break-in at a nearby business.
Parrish was arrested Sunday and charged with breaking into a convenience store and stealing three cases of beer.
Officials said they believe the church's main sanctuary is damaged beyond repair. Church members said they hope they can hold service in a smaller sanctuary on the property.