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Juvenile’s hearing in arson case set for June 25

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A hearing in the case of a juvenile accused by Lincolnton police of burning down part of a former education facility in April has been extended to later this month.
The 13-year-old suspect allegedly used a paper-like material to start a blaze at former Oaklawn School in Lincolnton around 7 p.m. April 7, causing more than $30,000 in damage.
Lincolnton Police detectives said the paper was placed under a plastic slide on the facility’s playground.
The juvenile faces one count each of burning of a schoolhouse and burning of personal property, police said.
He was initially taken to Gaston Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Dallas.
The building is no longer an elementary school, but Gaston Headstart still manages an educational program at the city facility.
In addition, county officials have talked about turning the building into the future site of a Boys & Girls Club.
Detectives said the boy is set to have his next hearing in Lincoln County on June 25.
Because the suspect is a juvenile, police cannot release his name.

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