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2 charged with arson for April string of WSU fires

MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2008, 7:10 A.M.

COLFAX — Two former Washington State University students have been charged with arson for a series of fires set on campus.

Prosecutors filed charges of arson and malicious mischief Dec. 24 against David Miner of Tacoma and Ian Copland of Aberdeen in Whitman County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say the two set nine fires on April 21, mostly in trash bins and stairways. No injuries or major damage were reported, but a dormitory complex with more than 900 students was evacuated.

Police arrested the 21-year-old Miner after he was chased and jolted with a stun gun. He led police to the 18-year-old Copland.

KRPL reports Miner and Copland were expelled after their arrest.

Police said the motive for the fires was unclear but the two had been drinking.

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