Fire Marshal issues update on Spring Branch arson

Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford has updated his initial report of events regarding a fire in Spring Branch published in the Times Guardian last week. At a court date Monday evening, June 14, only one juvenile, a 14 year old male, was charged with Arson, a felony. The other two juveniles, a 14 year old female and a 15 year old male, were charged with Criminal Trespass, a misdemeanor.

According to Fire Marshal Manford:

"On Friday, June 11, 2004, at approximately 4:30 PM, the Comal County Sheriff's Office received a telephone call about a structure fire located in the 6000 Block of Apache Moon, Indian Hills Subdivision, Spring Branch, Texas."

"The Comal County Fire Marshal's Office has been investigating the fire and as a result of their investigation three juveniles are facing the following charges:"

"1. White male, 14 years of age, is being charged with Arson. At the time of the trial if it is shown that the structure was a habitation the penalty is a 1st Degree Felony. This individual is being transported to the Guadalupe County Juvenile facility in Seguin, Texas upon the orders of Comal County Juvenile authorities."

"2. White female, 14 years of age, is being charged with Criminal Trespass (Habitation) and the penalty is a Class A Misdemeanor. This individual is being released to the custody of her mother at this time and will be contacted by juvenile authorities of when to appear for this charge."

"3. White male, 15 years of age, is being charged with Criminal Trespass (Habitation) and the penalty is a Class A Misdemeanor. This individual is being released to the custody of his mother at this time and will be contacted by juvenile authorities of when to appear for this charge."

"All three juveniles are scheduled to be in the 8th grade at Smithson Valley Middle School for the upcoming school year."

"A very observant neighbor is credited in assisting investigators in making the above arrests. She was very observant of activities taking place in her neighborhood and her observations helped deputies take the three individuals into custody in a matter of minutes from the time the fire was set."

     
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