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Juvenile arson suspect not competent to stand trial  
February 1, 2012 

GREENVILLE, Ohio — Authorities said a 10-year-old boy who was charged with starting a fire that heavily damaged a downtown Greenville business last fall will not stand trial. 

The fire happened on Oct. 30 at the Miami Valley Vending Service company on Martin Street. 

The boy was 9 years old at the time and was eventually charged in juvenile court with arson. Officials said the boy was recently determined not competent to stand trial because of his age, he would not be able to understand the nature of the charge. Officials said they also felt that the child would not be able to assist in his own defense. 

Fire officials said “juvenile fire setters” are a problem and not just in Greenville. 

Darke County Children’s Services continues to supervise the child’s progress and any counseling that might be necessary. 

Damage to the business was estimated at $350,000.



 
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