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Crime & Courts

Bond set for Kingston teen accused of arson

Richard J. Bold, 18, of Kingston, is charged with arson and criminal damage to property.
Richard J. Bold, 18, of Kingston, is charged with arson and criminal damage to property.

KINGSTON – A Kingston teenager accused of torching a 1996 Dodge Dakota pickup truck early Tuesday posted $500 bail Thursday.

Richard J. Bold Jr., 18, of the 200 block of West Street, and a 16-year-old Kingston boy thought the truck's owner had been hassling the younger teen and wanted to get even.

They found the truck about 4 a.m. Tuesday, court records show. Bold told sheriff's police that he took off the gas cap, lit a sparkler firework and dropped it into the gas tank, court records show.

When sheriff's police arrived in the 300 block of East Railroad Street in Kingston about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the pickup truck was engulfed in flames, court records show.

Bold was charged with arson and criminal damage to property, while the younger boy was referred to the juvenile division of court services. If convicted of the more serious charge, arson, he could be sentenced to probation or up to seven years in prison. He is next due in court July 31.

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