Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Suspect faces felony after blaze
Bloomfield teen allegedly set barn on fire

by Rob Ireland

June 16, 2011

Elkhorn — A Bloomfield teen is facing a felony arson charge after a May 11 incident where he allegedly attempted to burn down a dilapidated barn, which is family was renting.

In a separate incident, Jay W. Hawk, 18, N683 Darling Road, faces a felony charge after he and another teen on Jan. 10 allegedly threw a brick off a highway overpass, which crashed through a semi-trailer.

In the arson case, Hawk also was charged with felony bail jumping. In that case he is scheduled for a July 8 preliminary hearing.

In the Jan. 10 incident, he has been charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal damage to property. He pleaded not guilty Feb. 23 to those charges.

If convicted of all counts, Hawk faces up to 59-1/2 years imprisonment and $145,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint on the arson charge:

On May 11, the Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire Department extinguished a fire, which was had completely engulfed a barn.

After the fire, police spoke to Hawk’s mother who said the building was in poor condition and there was talk of destroying it. However, she never consented to anyone burning down the building.

When police spoke to Hawk, he said he thought he could keep the fire under control because of the rain. However, when the fire got out of control he got scared and went into his house.

A representative from Talmer Bank and Trust, which owns the property, also said no one had permission to burn down the structure.

According to the criminal complaint on the reckless endangerment charge.

A semitrailer driver reported to police a brick had been dropped from the Clover Road overpass, which penetrated the fiberglass roof of the cab and ended up in the sleeping compartment.

Police went to the overpass and found tire tracks and footprints.

While driving to the overpass, the officer observed a two-door, red Chevrolet Cavalier on North Daisy Drive, which was registered to Dylan J. Parker.

At Parker’s home, police observed similar tire tracks to the ones observed at the overpass and saw a stack of bricks.

Parker told police he and Hawk stopped at the bridge and “chucked a brick.” Parker said Hawk threw the brick, which Hawk confirmed.

Parker, 19, W1048 Margurite Road, also has been charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal damage to a property for his alleged involvement in the incident.

If convicted of all counts, Parker faces 13-1/2 years imprisonment and $35,000 in fines.