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Juvenile detained on arson charges

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Sheriff Mike Heaton
On Tuesday, officials detained a 15-year-old Clay County juvenile for their alleged involvement in an ongoing arson investigation at the historic Poland Presbyterian Church.

Although the details are limited to protect the integrity of the investigation and the identity of the suspect, the Clay County Sheriff's Department confirmed in a press release the juvenile was detained at the Southwest Youth Village in Knox County.

Around 3 a.m., June 9, a local resident reported to 911 dispatchers the church, located on State Road 42, was on fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered flames shooting from church windows, however, most of the fire was contained to the inside of the structure.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times members of CCSD, Poland Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshall's Office immediately began investigating the incident and collecting evidence to be sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to be cataloged and identified.

"We have held several interviews over the past few weeks," Heaton said. "Officers were still out today knocking on doors and following up on leads as the investigation and interviews continue in the matter."

According to Heaton, other individuals will participate in polygraph testing to be scheduled sometime in the next week as a way to verify information collected during their interviews.

As the investigation continues, the juvenile is expected to appear in court later this week.


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Excellent work!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 10:01 AM

Sheriff Heaton and his crew must be at it 24 hours a day to be as good as they are. Sheriff Heaton is always working for you, the citizens of Clay County. Good job Sheriff Heaton, Chief Deputy Gambill, and all the deputies who were involved in this investigation.

-- Posted by flycatcher on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 8:10 AM

Another GREAT job by local police departments. please keep up the good work.have a safe July 4. REMEMBER to buckle up!! Be a safty bug.

-- Posted by checkmate on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 4:14 PM


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