- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

MINDEN, Neb. (AP) - A Kearney man accused of starting a fire at a Minden pharmacy in March has waived his preliminary hearing and will stand trial on an arson charge.

The Kearney Hub reports (http://bit.ly/1ztFdo2 ) that 34-year-old Aaron Stones was bound over for trial on Thursday. Stones is charged with one count of second-degree arson, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

His cash bail also was reduced from $25,000 to $20,000.

Nebraska State Fire Marshal Martin Neilan says evidence at the scene indicated fires had been started near the building’s front windows and rear doors. He says chemicals used to ignite the flames were identified.

Authorities say they soon found Stones with the same chemical powder covering his body.

Minden is about 15 miles southeast of Kearney.


Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/



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