Prosecutors want teen tried as adult in huge Hamilton warehouse blaze

The Butler County Prosecutor’s Office wants aggravated arson charges against an 18-year-old in relation to the huge Hamilton warehouse fire on July 25 bound over to the adult court.

The teen, 17 at the time of the alleged offense, appeared this afternoon before Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft. The teen entered no plea and was remanded back to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, according to court records.

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The Journal-News is not naming the teen because of his age.

His probable cause hearing has been set for Sept. 30 before Craft. That will be the first hearing to determine whether his charges remain in juvenile court or are bound over to adult court.

He’s accused of setting a fire that consumed a Hamilton warehouse on July 25. According to juvenile court documents, the teen trespassed at 999 Laurel Ave. with the intention of committing a crime, and once inside, he started a fire that damaged the unoccupied structure and six other houses.

In August 2015, the teen was charged with receiving stolen property by the West Chester Police Department. The teen was placed on probation, given a stay away order, told to make restitution and given 12 hours of community service.

The teen’s probation was violated on that charge in November 2015 and February 2015.

West Chester Police charged the teen with misdemeanor criminal trespass and criminal damaging in March 2016. He stayed in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center for 15 days and was placed on probation and given a $10 fine plus court costs.

Since March 2016, the teen has received 13 probation violations that have sent him back to JDC multiple times, and placed him on house arrest multiple time. He was also charged with truancy by Hamilton City Schools in February 2017.

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