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O.C. Man Indicted for Arson

Gregory W. Wallace Kern Gregory W. Wallace Kern
The Dough Roller and Sunshine Beachwear were destroyed in the May 30 fire. (Photo: WBOC) The Dough Roller and Sunshine Beachwear were destroyed in the May 30 fire. (Photo: WBOC)
Wide-angle view of the fire's aftermath. (Photo: WBOC) Wide-angle view of the fire's aftermath. (Photo: WBOC)

07/29/2008 3:33 PM ET

OCEAN CITY, Md.- A Worcester County Grand Jury indicted a 48-year-old man on arson charges Tuesday after investigators concluded he intentionally set fire to three Boardwalk businesses in Ocean City on March 30.

Gregory W. Wallace Kern of Ocean City who is accused of setting a fire that destroyed the Dough Roller restaurant on South Atlantic Avenue. The blaze destroyed Sunshine Beachwear located adjacent to the Dough Roller. It also heavily damaged Marty's Playland located next door.

The Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office, with the assistance of the Ocean City Police Department, investigated the fire and developed probable cause to believe that Kern, who was an employee of the Dough Roller Restaurant at the time of the fire, had set fire to the Dough Roller restaurant, Sunshine Beachwear and Marty's Playland.

Brooks Trimper, a manager at Marty's Playland explained he has mixed feelings about the arrest.

"(I am) relieved and disappointed.  Before we thought it was just an accident by someone on our side (Marty's Playland) or their side (the neighboring Dough Roller).  Now we find out that someone intentionally set it, and let alone be a Dough Roller employee.  It's disappointing as a business person and a person," explained Trimper.

Kern has been charged with two counts of first-degree arson for the apartments above these businesses and two counts of second-degree arson for the fire set to the two businesses.  Additionally, Kern was charged with one count of reckless endangerment.  The maximum punishment for each count of first-degree arson is 30 years in prison and a fine of $50,000.  The maximum punishment for each count of second-degree arson is 20 years in prison and a fine of $30,000.  The maximum punishment for reckless endangerment is five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.

Following his arrest by Ocean City police, Kern was locked up in the Worcester County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

 

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