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Phenix City police also investigating suspects in Lakebottom razor blade case, arsons

The two suspects accused of taping razor blades to playground equipment and formallly charged with arson are also being investigated by Phenix City police, authorities said.

Derek Kyle Fullum, 21, of Phenix City, and Gary Levon Bryan, 18, of Columbus, were charged with first-degree arson, third-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson around 9:30 a.m. today, said Lt. Ricky Wadkins. The charges stem from April 9 fires at 1429 17th St., a vacant house, and at a dumpster at 1344 16th St.

In addition, Capt. Frank Ivey with Phenix City police said his office is investigating the men.

"At this time, we are investigating to see if there has been any activity," Ivey said. "They have not been charged with anything in Phenix City."

Both men also face a charge of first-degree criminal damage to property for allegedly taping razor blades to playground equipment at Lakebottom Park on May 11. While police say the men have admitted to placing the razor blades, they both pleaded not guilty in Columbus Recorder’s Court on Wednesday.

Each has a $10,000 bond.

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