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Year in Review: Boy, 10, admits to St. Helens arsons

Year in Review St. Helens police and state arson investigators in early May offered up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who set fire

to a softball batting cage at St. Helens High School in February, causing an

estimated $4,000 in


The following week, a 10-year-old boy admitted to setting the fire at the batting cage, and also for setting a house fire at 115 May Ave., St. Helens, in March that caused $75,000 in damage to the home and vintage vehicles on the property. It also killed a parrot.

St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss said at the time the boy was being released to his mother and the matter was being referred to the Columbia County Juvenile Department for consideration.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - A batting cage at St. Helens High School was torched at the hands of a 10-year-old boy, who admitted to the crime. The boy also confessed to a house fire in March that caused $75,000 in damage.