Beverly man charged with arson held on high bail
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with starting a fire that destroyed Beverly two homes under construction and damaged a third so severely that it had to be torn down has been held on $250,000 cash bail.
Prosecutors had originally sought to hold 19-year-old Zachary Pavia without bail until trial as a danger, but this week opted to seek high cash bail instead.
Bail was set at a hearing Thursday.
The blaze July 13 damaged seven other and destroyed a vehicle.
Prosecutors say Pavia and two younger teens got into an unoccupied home and smoked hashish oil, then Pavia returned with a blow torch and set the fire.
The Salem News reports that Pavia's lawyer sought lower bail, citing both Pavia's family finances and what he suggested were weaknesses in the state's case.
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com