LUMBERTON — A 16-year-old junior firefighter was among two people charged this week with arson.
Christopher Matt White, of Patterson Street, Lumberton was charged with setting woods fires twice, according to Lt. Brian Duckworth, a fire investigator with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. Duckworth said that a fire was set on March 29 behind the Northwoods Fire Department, where White was a junior firefighter, and the second fire was on Saturday near Bee Gee Road in Lumberton.
Duckworth said that second fire had to be plowed under by the state’s Forest Service.
White was released to a relative on a $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on May 6. His photograph was not available from the Robeson County jail.
In an unrelated case, a woman who used to live in St. Pauls was charged Tuesday with arson after investigators found that she had set her own car on fire, according to Duckworth. Duckworth said that Amanda Renee Ivey, 40, of Sapona Road, Fayetteville, tried to destroy her “canary yellow” car because it was noticeable and she was trying to elude people who had been harassing her and her family.
She is charged with burning of personal property, insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, and obstructing and delaying an officer. Ivey also was charged by Fayetteville police with filing a false police report, Duckworth said.
According to Duckworth, Ivey’s damage car was found damaged on McRainey Road in St. Pauls on April 7. Duckworth said that Ivey had falsely reported her car stolen to the Fayetteville Police Department.
Duckworth said Ivey used insurance money for a rental car.
Ivey was given a $11,000 bond. She was scheduled to appear in court today, and again on May 21 in Fayetteville on the charge of filing a false police report.