Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teen Starts Fire After 'Huffing' Duster

From The Marion Star in Marion, Ohio

An Ohio teen has confessed to being high from inhaling computer duster- when he set fire to underwear in a department store. Security cameras in the men’s wear area of a local Wal-mart caught the 18-year-old setting fire to several packages of clothes while ‘playing hooky’ from school. The teen later told investigators “he had called off sick from school that morning and entered the store after ‘huffing’ from a can of computer duster." Luckily, store employees were able to safely extinguish the fire that damaged 25 packages of men’s underwear.

The suspect, who was initially indicted on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated arson for using a butane lighter to start the fire during store hours, was granted a third-degree felony charge in exchange for a guilty plea. Last week the teen was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with credit for time served, and three years of community control sanctions that include being subjected to random drug testing. The Coshocton County Court has yet to decide whether the teen will endure a three year prison sentence for his actions.

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