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Wayne teens charged with setting fire to school building

Posted May 6, 2011

— Two teenagers have been charged with setting fire to an old Wayne County school building and causing a half-million dollars in damage, the sheriff's office announced Friday.

Daniel Ray Mooring, 16, of 1067 Union Grove Church Road in Freemont, and Joshua Allen Tucker White, 16, of 223 Stoney Creek Road in Goldsboro, both face charges of burning a school building and felony breaking and entering. They were each given a $30,000 secured bond.

Maj. Tom Effler said the teens broke into the gym of the old Belfast School and set fire to the building and its contents on April 11. The school building hasn't been occupied for a couple years but is still owned by the Wayne County Public School System.

Effler said tipsters helped the fire marshal and deputies identify the suspects.


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  • mad_dash May 10, 2011

    They need a job! Obviously they have too much time on their hands. They ought to be made to pay back every single dime for what they destroyed!

  • sammyg May 6, 2011

    OK, blondie looks like he belongs behind bars and the other dude looks lost...

  • pizno82 May 6, 2011

    just send them to prison, no probation straight to prison.

  • mochabrown May 6, 2011

    Perhaps they should send them over to Lybia, Iran, Pakistan and put them on the front line and see what they'll do.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter May 6, 2011

    My heart goes out to their parents & grandparents who now have to face shame because of the thoughtless act of these two. I'm sure tat their "fun with fire" is going to cost mom and/or dad a pretty penny. But I hope that these two will be put to hard work and made to pay every penny of the damage that they've caused.

  • shadow315 May 6, 2011

    Oh wow. They should have just dropped out if they didn't like school.

  • TeresaBee May 6, 2011

    But why do something so stupid! Why????

  • PhotoJ May 6, 2011

    Danny, Josh - I am sure mommy and daddy are so proud of you both - such fine upstanding young men - a real tribute to your family . . . . . . . . NOT.

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  • oleguy May 6, 2011

    20 years hard time,