Saturday, January 22, 2000

Student, 15, charged in fire at school

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — A 15-year-old Middletown High School student faces an aggravated arson charge for allegedly setting fire to a toilet paper receptacle in a second floor bathroom at the school.

        The boy, whose name is not being released, was arrested by Middletown police Thursday after a two-day investigation of the incident. He is being held at the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center pending a court hearing early next week.

        Police think the boy is responsible for starting a blaze that forced officials at MHS to evacuate the school and delay classes for more than an hour on Wednesday. No injuries re sulted from the fire.

        Middletown Police Chief Bill Becker said the teen has a history of run-ins with the law. He was recently placed on probation by the juvenile court for illegal conveyance and ordered to wear a bracelet that monitors his whereabouts.

        Chief Becker said if convicted of the aggravated arson charge, a first-degree felony, the boy's probation could be revoked.

        Karen Young, a spokeswoman for Middletown/Monroe City Schools, said the district will decide on what disciplinary action will be taken once police have forwarded all the information from their investigation.


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