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Johnston County residents worried by string of arsons

Posted November 30, 2010
Updated December 1, 2010

Firefighters responded to a burning abandoned home Monday in the Brogden community in Johnston County.

— The investigation of a string of arsons in Johnston County has residents worried and authorities asking for help.

"It's kind of weird to be close to home like that," said Randy Moye. He lives up the road from an abandoned house on Stevens Sausage Road in the Brogden community that burned Monday around 1 a.m.

"That's scary," he said. "It is scary a little bit especially because I've got kids."

More than 35 fires have been set in  older abandoned structures or new homes under construction over the course of the past year. 

Johnston County investigators are talking with their peers in the surrounding counties of Harnett, Wilson and Wayne about possible links to fires in those areas as well. 

A vacant home on Sealah Church Road in Wayne County burned Monday, about five hours after the blaze near Moye's home.

Because most of the fires have happened overnight in out-of-the-way places, investigators have few clues to go on. Deputies have beefed up patrols, and a $5,000 reward is being offers for information that leads to an arrest.

"I hope they get them and bring them to justice, and they get what they deserve," Moye said.

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Suspicious fires in Johnston County


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  • rdmcswai Dec 1, 2010

    Notagain - I am appalled by your disrespect. Whether the previous poster is or is not a 'real' LEO, it gives you no right to speak to another human being that way.

  • notagain1903 Dec 1, 2010

    I'm not at liberty to say but I know they haven't just been sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Thats because you have nothing to do with a real LEO just one who sits home with mom listening to the scanners....

    I still say (and I know you haven't the stones to do it) come on and get involved, Again you have no clue what I have done for this country and if you ever walked in my shoes you would have run screaming after your pants were soiled for your blanky and mommy. You couldn't even shine my shoes!!!!!

  • ncmedic201 Dec 1, 2010

    Who says they are not working on this??

  • farm Dec 1, 2010


    I dare you to go ride around in Johnston County after midnight with a gas can in your vehicle. Just ride around the back roads for a few nights.

  • rdmcswai Dec 1, 2010

    Cwood - You make a good argument. And your suggestion for all of us to be vigilant is on point!

    Thanks for being one of the few level headed GOLOers. :]

  • leo-nc Dec 1, 2010

    So tell us GENIUS what have they done????"----

    I'm not at liberty to say but I know they haven't just been sitting around twiddling their thumbs. So you tell me, GENIUS, what haven't they done? I still say (and I know you haven't the stones to do it) come on and get involved, then you tell them what they should and shouldn't be doing.

  • taxiseo Dec 1, 2010

    Lets see.. a $5000 reward.. thats a joke. up the reward to $20K an i could catch this guy my self... hell the TOWN of Clayton is offering 10K to catch the guy thats the Clayton arsonist... get real Johnston COUNTY. offer a reward worth it... leads will come in or some smart country folk will catch this guy and have him hog tied waiting on the cops.

  • cwood3 Dec 1, 2010

    Hay guys, we need to give the authorities in Smithfield a little credit. If they told you they were making progress and were close to an arrest, the target might disappear or go underground for a while. I know-we are all impatient and want arrests-yesterday.

    I know some of the folks in Smithfield working on this case and believe me-it's in the frontal lobe of their brain and on the top of many "to do" lists. Let's all hope and pray they catch this person or persons before someone is hurt or killed!!

    In the mean time, be vigilant. If you see something odd or strange-or overhear a strange conversation-say something. I'd much rather see someone questioned and released than fires continue to be set and someone get hurt.

  • notagain1903 Dec 1, 2010

    eah, they are just sitting around doing nothing. It's spelled Intelligence.

    So tell us GENIUS what have they done????

  • rdmcswai Dec 1, 2010

    What really bothers me about this is that minimal effort is being put forth to catch the people doing this until someone gets injured. Don't get me wrong, I understand times are hard and there are more important issues for our money to go toward, but it's just a matter time until an innocent person gets hurt or killed.