FARMINGTON -- A 16-year-old confessed to setting fires in two restrooms at Woods Cross High School and will have to undergo mental evaluations.
The teen, who is accused of setting fires in two restrooms on Feb. 18, admitted on Monday to setting the fires in Woods Cross in 2nd District Juvenile Court, telling Judge Stephen Van Dyke that he started the fires because someone else had started one three days before, "and I wanted to get out of school." The Woods Cross student was referring to a fire begun Feb. 16 in a third restroom at the school.
Van Dyke ordered that a psychological and psychiatric evaluation be done on the teen, who has been at the Farmington Bay Youth Corrections Facility since he was arrested on the afternoon of Feb. 18.
The teen is charged with two counts of arson for setting fires in two restrooms at opposite ends of the school. Students were evacuated from the building for about an hour -- the second time that week they were evacuated. Police and prosecutors are still investigating the Feb. 16 fire and may file a petition against a second student.
causes $20K damage
LAYTON -- Nearly $20,000 in damage was done to two garbage trucks and one yard Tuesday by a freak accident involving a garbage truck.
Layton Assistant Police Chief Craig Gibson said that a garbage truck was heading to the landfill on 3125 North at about 1370 East. As the driver was heading into a curve, his sleeve got caught on the steering wheel knob, "what we used to call suicide knobs," Gibson said, which caused the driver to veer into an oncoming garbage truck.
Gibson said the driver only clipped the second garbage truck, but in trying to avoid the truck, the brakes on the first truck locked up, causing it to veer to the left, crashing through a fence and damaging private property. The driver of the first truck suffered minor injuries caused by a mirror breaking. He was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road.
Gibson said that there was approximately $8,000 damage done to the fist truck, $2,500 damage done to he second truck and another $8,000 done to the fence and surrounding property.