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Three charged with setting bus on fire

Posted April 9, 2009

— Cumberland County authorities have charged three students with setting fire to a school bus and vandalizing other buses two months ago.

George Edmund Miller III, 17, of 4797 Monticello Ave. in Hope Mills, Gregory Sova, 16, of 4725 Madison Drive in Hope Mills, and Tevin Namir Bennett, 16, of 5022 Madison Drive in Hope Mills, were each charged with 13 counts of misdemeanor conspiracy, 12 counts of injury to personal property and one count of injury to real property.

Sova also was served an outstanding warrant charging him with aiding and abetting assault. Bennett also was charged with three counts of burning personal property.

Investigators said the trio set fire to a bus on the campus of South View High School and South View Middle School on Feb. 7. Three buses were damaged after fire spread to others parked in the bus lot. Graffiti was spray-painted on several buses as well.

The damage cost Cumberland County Schools more than $85,000, authorities said.

Miller is a student at South View High, while Bennett attends Gray's Creek High School and Sova is home-schooled.


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  • daMoFo Apr 9, 2009

    They will be required to pay a small fraction of the $85,000 bill. They should be required to pay all of it. And the sex ed comment that started the responses is just dumb.

  • iron fist Apr 9, 2009

    Do any of you who continue to blame the parents when children/teens get into trouble have children. Parents can teach what is right and wrong but it is the children who made the decision to do wrong. Sometimes parents fail, sometimes they don't try but you cannot (should not) assume everytime a teen gets into trouble it the parents fault.

  • allanonofnc Apr 9, 2009

    I think that Cumberland County just found three new janitors for those buses until the $85,000 is repaid!

  • Ladybug1 Apr 9, 2009

    Now, who's going to pay for the damages? We taxpayers?

  • garnertoy Apr 9, 2009

    split the bill 3 ways and see how they like that. going to be costly