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Joshua Moore torched Md. home over a half-ounce of pot, authorities say

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP/WJLA) - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says an 18-year-old Myersville man set a fire that destroyed a $250,000 home because he wasn't paid for a half-ounce of marijuana.

Joshua Moore's lawyer says Moore denies setting the fire Monday at the nearby home of the Lance Kirkpatrick family.

The Frederick News-Post reported Friday that Kirkpatrick's stepson, Jacob Bolton, told police he got a bag of marijuana from Moore early Monday morning and told him he would pay him later.

Bolton contended he weighed the pot and it came up short, so he called Moore and told him he wouldn't pay. Bolton told police that Moore responded with a threat to burn Bolton's mother's car. 

The Fredeick County Sheriff's Office was called Monday morning to the house on Clark Road for a report of tires slashed on two vehicles. The house went up in flames later that day. 

Moore was transferred to a hospital after threatening to take his own life and remains held on a $1 million bail. 

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