Truth or dare leads to arsonApril 08,2014Police: Dare led
to arson charge
A Fair Haven Union High School student playing truth or dare took the game too far, according to police who say he set a trash bin in one of the school’s bathrooms on fire.
Jordan Chadburn, 16, of Fair Haven, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court Monday to misdemeanor criminal charges of arson in the fourth degree and reckless endangerment.
Chadburn, who appeared in court on a citation, remains free on court-ordered conditions that include he stay away from the high school and that he not possess a lighter.
Fair Haven Police say Chadburn was arrested after a fire in a boy’s bathroom near the cafeteria Feb. 2. Video footage at the school showed the teenager entering the bathroom multiple times shortly after 2 p.m. that day. Flaming papers in a trash can were discovered in the bathroom shortly after by a school resource officer.
In interviews with several other students, police say they learned that Chadburn had been playing the game truth or dare minutes before the fire started and that he had been dared to light a piece of paper on fire in the boys bathroom.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Capt. James Cook discovers and names Christmas Island, Brits develop and test H-bombs there in 1957-58; 100 years ago today, Christmas truce takes hold on Western Front in France, combatants observe the holiday.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Gen. Wm. T. Sherman concludes March to the Sea, secures Savannah, Ga., offers the city as Christmas gift to Pres. Lincoln; N.Y.'s Lincoln Tunnel opens in 1937; first gorilla born in captivity, Colo, celebrates 58th birthday today.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Brent Curtis reports on the probe into a city bar fight involving police officers; Vt. Yankee has its last media day event before final shutdown next week; Depot Park hosts annual vigil to raise awareness of plight of homeless.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Gas Systems puts Phase 2 on hold as the latest estimate for Phase 1 takes a 27 percent leap upward, to a total of $157 million; U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin quits for job with private firm; police cite man in pot bust.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1972, Christmas bombing of North Vietnam ordered by President Richard Nixon, most lethal strikes of the war; in 1989, U.S. invades Panama to depose, arrest and charge Gen. Manuel Noriega with drug trafficking, racketeering.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Gov. Peter Shumlin announces demise of his single-payer health insurance initiative; convicted first-degree murderer Alan Prue sentenced to 50 years for killing teacher Melissa Jenkins; veterans chafed about park naming snub.