Three teens arrested in connection with Davidson Co. fires


Samuel Watson, Ryan Hege, Johnathon Nelson.

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Three teens have been arrested and charged in connection with the fires that were set in Davidson County on Tuesday.

Samuel Bell Watson, 16, of Clemmons, and Ryan Ellas Hege, 16, of Lexington, face felony charges of burning an uninhabited house, factory, store and burning of personal property.

Johnathon Dwain Nelson, 16, of Winston-Salem, is charged with felony burning of personal property.

Officials say the teens were involved in the burning of the Arcadia Nursery on N.C. 150, along with the burning of 15 round bales of hay and a dumpster near Mrs. Hanes Moravian Cookie Company on Friedberg Church Road.

All three fires happened within three hours overnight and occurred within three miles of each other.

Crews first responded to both the dumpster fire and hay fire near Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies.

A third fire was called in around 1:10 a.m. at Arcadia Nursery and Garden Center on N.C. 150 near Community Road. The fire consumed the main building and an attached greenhouse. The business had been around for 45 years, according to the owner.

No injuries were reported in the fires.

Watson and Nelson are each under a $10,000 bond. Hege is under a $5,000 bond.

All are scheduled to appear in court on August 5.

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