The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 11, 2013

Prosecutors say teen was previously charged with arson

The Clinton Herald

---- — PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors say one of two teen boys accused of setting a fire that heavily damaged downtown Prophetstown has a history of arson.

Two half-brothers ages 12 and 16 face felony charges in the July blaze. The fire destroyed parts of the northern Illinois community’s historic downtown. The Daily Gazette reports prosecutors said at a Tuesday hearing that the 16-year-old boy was charged with arson at age 10 and is on probation in Wisconsin.

Whiteside County prosecutors also say evidence shows the boys set three other fires the night of the Prophetstown blaze.

A judge at the hearing ruled that the 16-year-old can return to Oshkosh, Wis., to attend high school and live with his mother and stepfather. The 12-year-old is attending a safe schools program in Whiteside County.