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Teen faces felony charges in Proctorville arson

PROCTORVILLE — A trial date has been set in the arson case against a Proctorville area teen.

The 17-year-old is facing two counts of arson, a fourth degree felony; three counts of breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony; and an additional first-degree misdemeanor count of arson. The charges are in connection with three structure fires that occurred in April.

The teen will appear in juvenile court on May 22 after entering a denial to the charges earlier this week before Juvenile Court Judge David Payne.

The first fire destroyed an abandoned house at 628 Township Road 86 on April 7. The second destroyed another abandoned house at 697 Township Road on April 11; and the third damaged an outside shed on 628 Township Road 86 on April 14. No injuries were reported at any of the three fires.

“He initially was a witness and came forward as a witness and through interviews made statements that implicated himself,” Shane Cartmill, public information officer for the division of state fire marshal, said at the time of the investigation.

The juvenile will be represented by Mike Gleichauf.