Livermore, Winthrop men charged in Manchester arson case

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Three 18-year-old men from Livermore and Winthrop — all former standout high school athletes — were arrested on arson charges over the weekend in connection with a vacant house fire in Manchester on Feb. 21, authorities said Monday.

Chandler White of Livermore was arrested on Sunday at the State Fire Marshal’s Office, state fire investigator Sgt. Ken Grimes said. White was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond, Grimes said.

Christopher Minor and Jordan Conant, both of Winthrop, were unable to make bail and were being held at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta. They appeared before a judge on Monday, Grimes said, and their bail was set at $7,500 cash or $50,000 worth of real estate.

Five juveniles from Fayette and Winthrop, who also have been charged, are waiting for review of juvenile petitions, Grimes said. They are scheduled to appear in juvenile court in May.

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An arson conviction is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

White, Minor and Conant all excelled in football at their respective high schools. Each was named to various Sun Journal all-star teams through his high school years. White was included on all-star teams in football, baseball and basketball in his senior year.

Conant, salutatorian at his high school graduation last June, gained attention after earning a spot on the football as a walk-on at Georgia Tech last August, brought on as one of the team’s quarterbacks. A June 2009 graduate of Winthrop High School, he earned five scholarships at graduation, including the Stanley Kanzey Memorial Scholarship and the Winthrop Rotary Club William MacDonald Scholarship.

At his graduation from Winthrop High School last June, Minor said he was planning to attend Central Maine Community College to study automotive technology.

On Feb. 20, the evening before the vacant farmhouse burned on Scribner Hill Road in Manchester, a mobile home on Route 133 in Livermore Falls was set on fire, Grimes has said. That case is still under review and he is awaiting the reports before any charges are filed.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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