Teens Charged With Trying To Burn Home Down

Two teens are accused of trying to burn down a vacant home in their neighborhood early Tuesday morning.

Wes Clevenger and Marcel James, both who are 16-years-old, are charged with throwing Molotov cocktails at the home on Champion Drive in Morehead City. The two are also accused of spraying porch decorations by lighting a can of WD-40.

A man driving home noticed the flames around 2:00 a.m. and called 911. While waiting for the fire department the man put out the fire using a nearby yard hose.

Once on the scene, authorities spotted a second fire about a half mile away. There they found a shirt and other material on fire in the road. Deputies say a short time later a police officer saw two people on the front porch of James' home with a gas can and two rags. At first the two denied any involvement, but later cooperated with detectives and gave them an account of what happened.

Clevenger and James were charged with attempted second degree arson and placed on jail on $5,000 bonds.

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