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Wayne teens charged with setting fire to school building

Posted May 6, 2011 10:58 a.m. EDT

— 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.