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January 19, 2013

From the January 26, 1978 Archives - Arson Charges Levied

PRINCETON — A thirteen year-old male student at PJHS was charged with second degree arson in  conjunction with setting the fire on Dec. 15 which resulted in the total destruction of the 55 year old school.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Charles Smith said that the juvenile appeared before authorities with a parent and was given a copy of the petition. A hearing was set for Jn. 23 and he was released on bond.

The loss of the actual structure amounted  to $3,174,266. Value of the contents had not been determined at that time.

The petition and arrest concluded the investigation by the Fire Marshal's, Princeton Police, and Princeton Fire departments.

In a related matter, three juveniles were charged with second degree arson for the fire in the PSHS auditorium. They appeared before Judge William Bivens following the filing of the petition that claimed that one set the fire curtain on the stage while the other two aided and abetted.

Smith said that it did not appear that the two fires on the same day were, "being vigorously persued," and that there seemed to be no conspiracy between the youths.

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