Four teenagers to stand trial in Poplar Bluff church arson

| February 26, 2011

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Four Poplar Bluff teenagers have been ordered to stand trial for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails into a local church, and then setting the church on fire when the devices didn't work.

Robert Benjamin Rushin, 18, of the 700 block of County Road 456; Zachary Edward Surque, 18, of the 100 block of County Road 4703; and Dylan W. Causbie, 17, of the 200 block of County Road 437, each appeared separately before Associate Circuit Judge John Bloodworth on Thursday for preliminary hearings in their cases.

The teens, along with Andrew Storm McClure, 19, of the 2000 block of Tumbleweed Trail, are charged with the felonies of second-degree arson and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with a Feb. 6 fire at Fellowship General Baptist Church in which the church's youth room was damaged.

Rushin, who was accompanied by attorney Jim Spain, who was standing in for attorney Sam Spain, signed a written waiver of his preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon.

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