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Teens charged in connection with fire at Fuquay-Varina park

Posted January 27, 2015

Austin Ray McCormack, left, and Shaw Michael Spencer
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— Police say they have charged two suspects in a fire that caused $45,000 in damage at a Fuquay-Varina park last month.

Shaw Michael Spencer, 16, of 203 E. Ransom St., Fuquay-Varina, and Austin Ray McCormack, 17, of 509 Aspen Grove Drive, Fuquay-Varina, were each arrested Jan. 23 on a felony charge of burning of a structure.

The charges stem from a Dec. 31 fire at South Park on South Main Street. Town officials say damage to a picnic shelter was so severe that it had to be demolished for health and safety reasons.

It is in the process of being rebuilt.

Both Spencer and McCormack are out of jail on $10,000 unsecured bonds.


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  • dbchuckers Jan 31, 2015

    The problem with the news is they don't tell the whole story. There were 3 teenagers at the park that night. And the 2 that are listed in the story are not the ones that set the fire, it was the 3rd one that is not mentioned in the story because he was 15 and considered underage but was already on probation for drug charges. But these two stepped up and told the detectives what happened. But because they are kids and were afraid to say anything at first, the detectives decided to throw the book at them and charge them as adults with a felony because they didn't come forth right away. They have not been convicted of anything yet, but I guess now in days you are guilty until you are found innocent. As of today the 3rd guilty teen has not be arrested and has told many of his classmates that he started the fire. But let's make an example out of the 2 that told the truth. And shame on the detectives for placing these 2 in this situation for telling the truth. The detectives are liars!

  • lessurvinson Jan 29, 2015

    Every kid that had a normal life did stupid things. Hopefully they will learn from this

  • gmommaopinion Jan 29, 2015

    Just thinking.....These two should remain locked up and when they start to rebuild, they have to be there to help and with no pay. Then at the end of the day, lock back up. Any time left after that would be spent behind bars unless the sheriff can find them hard labor with no pay, short of sending them off to prison.

  • gmommaopinion Jan 29, 2015

    Parents should be responsible for the damage and made to pay.

    No! Absolutely not. If the parents are always there to pick up the damage or whatever, when will the child learn from their errors. Kids that do wrong/ crime or not must pay for their crime regardless of their ages. Parents cannot do that for them.

  • gmommaopinion Jan 29, 2015

    Just what are parents teaching their youngster today. Seems like more and more are finding themselves involved in crime of some sort and looking through the bars. This is the 3rd story on teens involved in crime.

  • soxalways Jan 28, 2015

    Parents should be responsible for the damage and made to pay. I am sure though that they are good kids who have never been in trouble before. They do their homework, listen to their parents, go to work and so on. What if somebody went to their house and damaged their property? How would that feel? These kids should also be required to clean the park up every weekend for a year as community service.

  • Jack Miller Jan 28, 2015
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    Let's remember these two are teens with potential. Trust me - I made some very dumb decisions at their ages. Hopefully they learn a huge lesson from this and turn their lives around. It's either that or we are all footing the bill to keep them incarcerated, in and out of the system, on welfare leeching off those of us willing wake up and go to work in the morning.

  • karenbloom Jan 27, 2015

    I bet their parents are so proud!

  • miseem Jan 27, 2015

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    Nah. They are both buttheads.

  • common tater Jan 27, 2015

    You're right, they do! One looks like his eyebrows were singed.