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Three teens arrested in Harpers Ferry Junior High incident

April 11, 2001

Three teens arrested in Harpers Ferry Junior High incident



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


Three teenagers have been arrested following an incident last month in which a Molotov cocktail was tossed inside Harpers Ferry Junior High School, police said.

Police said several trash cans near the school were set on fire, two flags were burned and a fire was set under bleachers behind the school.

The string of events occurred between 11 p.m. March 24 and 1:40 p.m. March 25, said Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker.

The Molotov cocktail was tossed into a hallway inside the school, which is along Washington Street, after someone broke a window, Buracker said.

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The Molotov cocktail did not explode, Buracker said, adding he believes someone was trying to set the school on fire.

The fires outside the school had burned themselves out by the time police arrived a short time later, Buracker said.

The three teenagers who have been arrested are ages 14, 15 and 16, Buracker said Wednesday.

The 16-year-old is facing six charges, including fourth-degree arson, Buracker said. The teenager is being held in the Eastern Regional Juvenile Detention Center on South Queen Street in Martinsburg, Buracker said.

The 14-year-old is facing nine charges and the 15-year-old is facing seven charges, Buracker said. Those two youths have been released on bond, Buracker said.

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