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UPDATE: Teen charged with setting fire that destroyed Kansas playground

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By: KAKE News - Email

The 16-year-old appeared in court Monday afternoon.

Courtesy KSOK Radio

WINFIELD, Kan. — A teenager has been arrested and charged with setting a fire that destroyed a Winfield playground last year.

Monday afternoon, 16-year-old Harley Dennis Topper was charged with four crimes: arson, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cigarettes by a minor.

His arraignment is scheduled for July 10.

Island Park Playground in Winfield has twice been destroyed by arson: in Fall 2008 and Spring of 2013. It was rebuilt for a second time and opened in May.


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Cowley County Attorney Christopher Smith has filed formal charges against the individual or individuals responsible for intentionally setting last year's fire that destroyed Island Park Playground in Winfield.

Smith said that formal charges were filed and warrants have been applied for in this case.

"It was a very complex case and some cases take longer than others," said Winfield Police Chief Danny Parker. The nearly 15-month investigation was a joint effort between the fire and police departments.

No arrests have been at this time.

The playground has twice been destroyed by arson. Most recently on March 14, 2013.

The new playground reopened to the public last month.


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