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Former VHS Student Arrested in Waycross Arson Death
Thursday, 19 December 2013

December 19--  A former student at Vidalia High School is one of two people arrested in connection with an arson fire in Waycross that killed a city fireman.

ImageSeventeen-year-old Zachery Jacob Thompson was arrested Tuesday along with his friend, 23-year-old Ronnie Cranford.

A Waycross Fire Department Lieutenant, Jeff Little, died when the ceiling of a burned out house collapsed on him during mop up operations early Sunday morning.  The house was vacant at the time of the fire.

Thompson lives two blocks from the scene of the fire and was charged with arson and murder after being interviewed by police.

The boy dropped out of Ware County High School in April.  His mother, Rhonda Sweat, says her son is innocent.

Vidalia High School Assistant Principal Dennis Watkins says he remembers Thompson as a quiet kid who never got into any trouble at school. 


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