Teens charged with arson

Two Red Deer male teenagers have been charged with arson following the investigation into several dumpster fires and an apartment blaze in November.

Two Red Deer male teenagers have been charged with arson following the investigation into several dumpster fires and an apartment blaze in November.

One of two teenagers charged with two arsons has pleaded not guilty.

The 16-year-old male will be tried on May 6 in Red Deer youth court, it was determined Thursday.

The accused, was charged with the arsons in connection with fires that police say were deliberately set in the early morning hours of Nov. 6.

The first report came in at 5:52 a.m. and emergency response teams attended several dumpster fires set behind the Deer Park Co-op Plaza at 69 Dunlop St.

The second report came in at 5:58 a.m. and involved apartment mailboxes located in a building at 50 McLean St..

The mailboxes had been ignited along with a number of small fires on the lobby floor.

No one was injured in either incident.

The youth will also be tried on May 4 for allegedly stealing a motor vehicle and April 29 for an alleged robbery.

He returns to court April 1 for sentencing on stealing a bicycle and two break-ins.

He also pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for a graffiti offence and $287 for trespassing in separate incidents.

He was in custody for six weeks after being charged on Nov. 7.

A 15-year-old was also charged with the Nov. 6 arsons and returns to court Feb. 11.

He is also charged with possession of stolen property and breaching probation.

The two youths cannot be named because of provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act,