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Three charged with setting bus on fire

Posted April 9, 2009 10:31 a.m. EDT

— 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.