The story about the hero cat can be read at USA Today.
But that’s a diversion from the breaking news that offers some information about the teens charged with aggravated arson in the Tennessee wildfires.
This report appears to rule out ISIS-inspired Muslims as the culprits. It looks like white boys are in custody.
The teenagers charged with setting the fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that ultimately spread to torch thousands of homes and businesses and kill 14 people were horsing around with matches, sources say.
The boys, ages 17 and 15, were charged this week in Sevier County Juvenile Court with aggravated arson in the Nov. 28 wildfires that shut down the city of Gatlinburg at the height of its winter tourism season and damaged or destroyed more than 2,400 homes and businesses. The death toll included two children and a woman who died fleeing the flames
Fourth Judicial District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn, whose jurisdiction includes Sevier County, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn announced the teens’ arrests Wednesday but refused to reveal any details. State law shields from the public most documents and information on juvenile defendants in all but the most serious cases, such as murder and rape. Aggravated arson is not on the list of the most serious charges.
Sources familiar with the teenagers and the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly about the case say the two boys are friends and live in Anderson County. The boys were hiking on the Chimney Tops trail in the park on Nov. 23 and tossing lit matches onto the ground around the trail, the sources said. A hiker unwittingly captured an image of the boys walking away from the trail with smoke in the background, and the teenagers’ clothing helped authorities identify them, according to sources.
The oldest boy is the son of an Anderson County Sheriff’s Office employee, according to sources. The News Sentinel has learned 4th Judicial District Public Defender Ed Miller has been tapped to represent the 17-year-old, while veteran Knoxville defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs has been retained by the family of the younger teen. Miller did not return a phone call Friday. Isaacs would not say whether he represents the boy.
Dunn also did not return a phone call Friday. A detention hearing for the boys set for Friday was delayed.
The boys are not charged in the fire deaths, but aggravated arson is a crime for which a charge of felony murder — a death that results from the commission of certain felonies — can be legally supported. If Dunn seeks felony murder charges, the 15-year-old boy would then qualify to be considered for trial as an adult.
Blacks do not like hiking. Neither do Muslims or Mexicans. The odds are strong that the boys charged are white. Attorney (((Isaacs))) is a prominent superlawyer whose services representing the youngest suspect will not come cheap.
So, since they were not deliberately trying to start a fire ( or were they), the question is what to do with them.
Fourteen dead people are crying out from the ashes for justice. But what is justice? Do the boys go to prison for life for their stupidity? Should they be put to death?