Charges filed in Dallas High fire

First Posted: 8/3/2009

KINGSTON TWP. – A member of the Dallas Fire and Ambulance company and two juveniles were charged on Monday with setting a fire to a modular classroom at the Dallas Area High School on July 22.

Kristopher Brian Harger, 18, of North Maple Avenue, Kingston, was charged with nine counts of criminal conspiracy, three counts of arson and a single count of recklessly endangering another person. He was arraigned by District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township and released on $25,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Dallas Township police responded to the high school for a fire and observed Harger walking through a field. A Dallas ambulance was parked nearby, the criminal complaint says.

Police allege they found a rubber medical glove, and empty plastic bottles with rags sticking out near the modular classroom.

An investigation by state police deputy fire marshal, Trooper Ron Jarocha, determined that the fire was intentionally set, the criminal complaint says.

Harger admitted to police, according to the criminal complaint, that he drove two juveniles to Pear Tree Lane where the juveniles got out of a vehicle. Harger drove around and picked up the juveniles who told him, they “lit up,” after throwing papers and poured gasoline inside the modular classroom.

The two juveniles are also facing similar charges in Luzerne County Juvenile Court, police said.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on Aug. 13 before Tupper.

POSTED 1:38 p.m.

State police charged three people in connection with the arson fire at a Dallas High School modular classroom.

Arrested on arson and related charges were Kristopher Harger and two juveniles. The fire on July 22 damaged the classroom and the three also broke a window to the library in the main school building.

For the complete story read The Times Leader tomorrow.


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