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Hastings police identify juvenile male who set fire at Cari Park

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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.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the 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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