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JUVENILES CONVICTED OF ARSON  Indiana Dunes NL
 Mar 08, 2004 13:35 PST 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JD Swed
March 8, 2004 (219) 926-7561 x301

JUVENILES CONVICTED OF ARSON FOR SETTING FIRE AT NATIONAL LAKESHORE

On August 11, 2003, an arson fire was set inside a restroom at Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore’s Central Beach. The fire damage was estimated
at around $2,100.
Three juveniles were observed in the area by park ranger Gabe Bell upon
his arrival. All three juveniles repeatedly denied having knowledge of
the fire. After several rounds of questioning, a 13 year old juvenile
admitted to taking part in setting the fire. A 15 year old juvenile was
also implicated in the arson. Both juveniles were referred to the Porter
County Juvenile Probation Department in Valparaiso. The 15 year old, who
had recently been paroled from the Indiana Boys’ School, was found
guilty of Arson on January 16, 2004, and ordered back to the Boys’
School to complete the program. The juvenile was ordered to pay
restitution for half of the damages. The juvenile also pled guilty to
False Information and Possession of Tobacco Products in the federal
court system. On February 11, 2004, the 13 year old juvenile was found
guilty of Arson and ordered to extended probation for 1 year and to
community service. The juvenile was ordered to pay restitution for half
of the damages. The park may waive some of the restitution if the
juvenile and the park agree to participate in the Victim Offender
Recognition Program. Due to their age, the juveniles’ names can not be
released.
The park would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance
in the case: Beverly Shores Volunteer Fire Department, Porter County
Juvenile Probation Department, and the Porter County Prosecutor’s
Office. For more information on this incident, call the Chief Ranger’s
Office at 219-926-7561, extension 301.
                           

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