UPDATE: Wisconsin man pleads guilty in school arson

UPDATED Tuesday, September 3, 2013 --- 5:53 p.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to starting a fire at a western Wisconsin elementary school that displaced students and caused an estimated $4 million in damage.

Justin Nelson of Roberts pleaded guilty to arson of a building last Friday in St. Croix (kroy) County. Court records say charges of criminal damage to property, burglary and possession of THC were dismissed.

Nelson was accused of starting a fire at St. Croix Central Elementary School in Roberts during a break-in April 30. The fire forced more than 600 students in kindergarten through fourth grade to finish the school year at a nearby Girls Scout camp.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports repairs were made over the summer, and students were back in the building for first day of school Tuesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, May 3, 2013 --- 5:40 p.m.

ROBERTS, Wis. (AP) -- A 24-year-old man is charged with breaking into a western Wisconsin elementary school and starting a fire that caused $1.5 million in damage.

Justin Nelson of Roberts was charged Friday with arson, criminal damage to property and burglary, all felonies.

Police Chief Dan Burgess says Nelson was arrested Thursday in this week's arson at St. Croix Central Elementary School in Roberts.

The complaint alleges Nelson also stole drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder from the school nurse's cabinet and cameras from several classrooms.

The Star Tribune reports investigators determined fires were set in four locations in the building.

Classes for the 600 students were called off for the rest of the week. Administrators plan to resume classes Monday at a nearby Girl Scouts camp.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 1, 2013 --- 4:33 p.m.

ROBERTS, Wis. (AP) -- Federal investigators say a reward is being offered for information about this week's arson at a western Wisconsin school that caused $1.5 million in losses.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever set the fire at St. Croix Central Elementary School in Roberts.

The fire was reported around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators concluded the fire was arson.

No one was hurt, but classes were canceled at the elementary school -- possibly for the rest of the school year.

Anyone with information can call the St. Croix County sheriff's department at 715-386-4701 or the ATF's Madison field office at 608-441-5050.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2013 --- 10:58 a.m.

ROBERTS, Wis. (AP) -- A fire has canceled classes at an elementary school in St. Croix County, possibly for the remainder of the school year.

St. Croix Central School District Superintendent David Bradley says fire officials told him it was unlikely classes could be held in the building for the remaining 26 days of the school year. Bradley tells KMSP-TV administrators are looking for alternative sites around the community of Roberts to hold classes.

Firefighters were dispatched to the elementary school about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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