Arson suspect appears in court

James Pennebaker
James Pennebaker

A Lamar County man made his first court appearance Monday on arson charges.

James Pennebaker, 20, is charged with two counts of arson in connection with fires last week at a daycare center and a community center/voting precinct in Lamar County.

A 16-year-old girl has also been charged with the same two counts of arson, but because she is a juvenile, her case is being handled in youth court.