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Late-night arsons reported in Boone county

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Deputies are investigating after a string of late night arsons in Boone County claimed a school bus, among other vehicles.

A Boone County school bus and a pickup were burned and a vehicle vandalized between 1 and 2 a.m. Thursday in the Jeffrey and Hewett area. The vehicle's windows were busted, Boone deputies said.

The school bus was parked near the bus driver's home on Hewett Creek Road when it was set ablaze, said Jeff Huffman, assistant superintendent for Boone County. She lives about two miles from Jeffrey Spencer Elementary School.

"She called our transportation director at about 2 this morning and notified him that her bus was on fire," Huffman said.

The transportation director went out to the scene; by that time firefighters and deputies already were there.

The bus, a 2007 model, was a total loss. Huffman said it would cost $90,000 to replace the school bus.

"We do believe this was some type of vandalism," Huffman said. "We're extremely disappointed that someone would do this."

He said the incident was "way beyond a prank."

Huffman said they had not heard if deputies had any suspects.

Chief Deputy Chad Barker said the cases were being investigated and that deputies still were gathering information.  Anyone with information can contact authorities at the Boone County 911 Center at 304-369-9913.


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