Not guilty plea for teen with ‘unhealthy liking for fire’ 

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A Redwood City teenager told cops he had an “unhealthy liking for fire” after being charged with setting three blazes at a local high school last year, prosecutors said.

Jeremy James Shepherd, 19, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony arson and vandalism charges stemming from the arsons at Roosevelt High School on March 27, according to the San Mateo Count District Attorney’s Office.

Shepherd, who had attended Woodside High School, and two juveniles were allegedly caught on surveillance cameras setting the fires. A landscaper who was working across the street also witnessed the arsons, authorities said.

One of the blazes was set near the school gymnasium and caused “the wood frame to the gym door to be consumed by the fire,” San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Shepherd is out of custody on $50,000 bail. The teen “has a self-described ‘unhealthy liking for fire,’” Wagstaffe said.

A pre-trial conference in Shepherd’s case is set for July 19, with the jury trail scheduled for Sept. 19, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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