Case against arson suspect moves forward in Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The case against a man charged for threatening to burn a church as well as lighting a dumpster on fire is moving forward in Newport News.

Officials with the Newport News Fire Department said in February the Fire Marshall’s Office was called to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to investigate a threat.

Staff at the church told officials Romie Orlando Sanders was at the church, and became disruptive. When Sanders was asked to leave, he allegedly threatened to come back and start a fire.

Officials said an investigation later found Sanders was wanted for an August 2017 dumpster fire.

A grand jury certified charges of arson and threaten to bomb against Sanders in court this week. 

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