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Charges filed in Adrian vandalism

WORTHINGTON -- Charges have been filed against four juveniles allegedly responsible for a series of vandalism events in and around the city of Adrian in March.

At the time of the incidents, three of the juveniles were 15 years old, the other was 16.

According to Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore, each of the juveniles was charged with second-degree arson, conspiracy to commit second-degree arson and negligent fires over $2,500, all felonies. Those charges are in connection with the intentional ignition of hay bales in and around a trailer parked on Main Street the night of March 20.

According to a comment from Adrian Police Chief Shawn Langseth at the time of the incident, the bales were set on fire, and the fire spread to a nearby building. The Adrian Fire Department was dispatched to the blaze at 2:44 a.m. March 21.

The trailer was used during a parade celebrating the Adrian High School girls basketball team's participation in the state tournament and wished the team members good luck. It was reduced to ashes.

The resulting fire caused damage to the Nobles County Review building of more than $8,000, according to Moore. Damage to the trailer and hay bales was estimated at $3,500.

Each of the juveniles was also charged with aiding and abetting first-degree criminal damage to property arising from the intentional breaking of windows at the Adrian Fitness Center, which is attached to the high school, the same night. The cost to replace the broken windows and carpet damaged by imbedded glass shards was approximately $5,800.

Three of the juveniles were also charged with damaging a motor vehicle traveling on Nobles County 35 the same night. They allegedly threw a beer bottle at the vehicle, causing more than $600 in damage.

"I think it is all pretty much connected," Langseth stated in March. "And it all probably occurred at approximately the same time."