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Hastings police identify juvenile male who set fire at Cari Park

The Hastings Police Department identified the person responsible for recently setting fire to the playground structure at Cari Park.

Officers received a tip and followed up on it. That ultimately led to a confession by the 14-year-old male.

The police department has sent the case to Dakota County, asking that the juvenile be charged with felony-level arson. The damage in the case is estimated at just more than $5,800.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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