Three youths charged in Boonville fire

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

BOONVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - Three youths have been charged in connection to a February fire that destroyed a village-owned building behind a gas station in Boonville.

According to Boonville Police, a 16 year old 15 year old and 12 year old, all from Boonville, have been charged with fourth-degree arson, third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal trespass stemming from the February 25 fire at 615 Main Street in the village.

The fire occurred behind the Nice n Easy in a village-owned business, destroying all of the contents inside, which included canoes as well as artifacts from a historical society.

Authorities say the three youths had allegedly entered the building by removing some boards used to cover an old window at the rear of the building. After entering the building, police say the youths allegedly started a fire in a metal desk drawer in an attempt to provide heat and lighting while inside.

The youths were unable to completely extinguish the fire, police said, and fled the scene, leaving the building to catch fire.

Police said the names of the youths are being withheld due to their ages and youthful offender status.

The 16 year old was arraigned in the village of Boonville Court where he was released to his mother's custody to return to the Village of Boonville Court on April 10, 2013 to answer the charges.

The 15 year old and 12 year old youths and their parents were issued appearance tickets to appear in Oneida County Family Court on April 2 and April 4 to answer the charges.

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