• Judge Sustains Arson Charges Against Teen in Morris Dam Fire


    POMONA (CNS) – A Juvenile Court judge today found a 14-year-old boy
    guilty of starting the Morris Dam Fire, which burned nearly 3,000 acres of
    watershed north of Azusa last summer.
    Pomona Juvenile Court Judge Daniel Lopez sustained the Juvenile Court
    petition charging the youth with one felony count each of arson of a forest and
    recklessly causing a fire to a forest or structure, according to Deputy
    District Attorney Arthur Leahy.
    The judge ordered the boy — who was 13 at the time of the fire — to be
    placed on probation — a condition that could remain in place until he turns
    21, according to the prosecutor.
    Under the conditions of probation, the youth will not be allowed to
    possess a lighter or matches, be around fireworks or be unattended in high-risk
    fire areas, Leahy said.
    A July 29 restitution hearing is scheduled for the boy, whose name was
    not released because of his age.
    Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives from the arson-explosives unit,
    along with investigators from the U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County
    Fire Department, investigated the blaze and determined it was deliberately set.
    The blaze started Aug. 25, the same day as the 160,000-plus-acre Station
    Fire,
    which burned for days and ranks as the largest on record in Los Angeles County.

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