Student arrest related to arson

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Nathan Doty
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Denton Fire Department assists Krum firefighters to put out the blaze on a fire at a home near FM1173, just outside of Krum Oct. 2.

A former Krum High School quarterback was arrested late Wednesday in connection with a fire at a Krum school board member’s house earlier this month.

William “Caz” Wojciak, 18, is in the Denton CountyJail on a $300,000 bond after he was arrested by deputies on a warrant for burglary of habitation with intended other felony (arson). 

The charge is a first-degree felony and conviction could carry a sentence of five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to$10,000. 

Several Denton County agencies, along with the Krum Fire Department, responded to the Oct. 2 house fire on FM1173 outside of Krum. Investigators believe that the fire was intentionally set, officials said. 

Donna Hooper, a Krum school board member and professor at North Central Texas College, said her family had lived in the home for 16 years.

According to documents, after the fire was extinguished,the homeowners went through the debris and discovered that items were missing from areas of the home that were not completely destroyed. Those items, the homeowners reported, included several guns and a jewelry box filled with jewelry.

Fire Marshal Investigator Marc Dodd said a dog, a cat and a chinchilla were also lost in the fire.

Just two days after the fire, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office investigated reports that Wojciak was allegedly involved in planning a shooting at the Krum homecoming celebration, said Sgt. Larry Kish. Documents show Wojciak was detained by law enforcement  and later released.

Sheriff’s Office investigators then learned that Wojciak recently sought medical treatment because of burns on both arms. Medical records later obtained by investigators confirmed the injuries.

Kish said the investigation is just beginning to unfold.

“We are in the process of interviewing many people and I look for more arrests to come out of this investigation, that is currently underway, in the near future,” Kish said.

Krum school district spokeswoman Christina Kruse said the district has no comment on Wojciak’s arrest. She did confirm that he was enrolled as a student for the entire 2012-13 academic year, but he had not been enrolled since the start of this school year, which began Aug. 26. 

Wojciak was dismissed from the Krum High football team after he was arrested on Aug. 21 and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call Kish at 940-349-1665.

Staff writer Britney Tabor contributed to thisreport.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and viaTwitter at @MGrayNews.


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