Teenagers Accused Of Vandalizing Church-Based Campground

Some northeastern Kentucky teenagers are in big trouble after police say they caused a big mess at a popular church-based campground.

Investigators say the suspects caused thousands of dollars in damage at Ruggles Camp Retreat, near Tollesboro in Lewis County.

The three suspects, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, were arrested Monday, more than a week after the crime.

Police say the teens broke windows out of several of the camp's cottages, and severely damaged the fellowship hall.

Investigators say they used Bibles to start a fire in one of the cottages, which caused minor damage.

The teens are also accused of spraying graffiti.

The teens were arrested after a long investigation. They're all charged with felony vandalism.

They're being held in the Boyd County Juvenile Detention Center.

Ruggles Camp Retreat is operated by the United Methodist Church.


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  • by Kevin Location: Kentucky on Jan 16, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    Of course nothing bad ever happened in the day of the paddle. Are you positive these children were enrolled in school? Are they home-schooled. Were they from out of state? Yes, everything is the school's fault or they are called upon to correct it. I bet the kids were fat and it's the school's fault too.
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jan 16, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    BRING BACK THE PADDLE IN OUR SCHOOLS! If the lazy parents won't discipline their kids, someone has to do it for them.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    Put these parents in a parenting class or better yet make them accountable for their children's crime too. People better get back in church before its too late.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lewis County on Jan 16, 2008 at 07:57 AM
    Our Sheriff's Department is doing a wonderful job. Shame on the boys who would do such a terrible act. To burn bibles and destroy church property is very heartbreaking. What are these boys being taught at home? Apparently not much!
  • by jalee Location: Floyd on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    13 & 14 years olds, where was the parents ?, how could these "Kids" be away from home long enough for them to do this kind of damage? Apparently they do not "know" or respect God or the people that do believe and worship Him, May be they need to attend this camp. Wake up parents our youth is on the road to ____, Get off your butts and spend time with your kids instead of being messed up on "Pills". You will wake up one day and they will be gone (probably in jail) and regret is a hard "Pill" to swallow
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 16, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    These kids better hope they get the same judge that the Scott County HS Basketball player got. If they do then they are "scott free". Anyway it was just a christian retreat, not a nice muslim retreat or a nifty nudist retreat or an atheist haven or something the new liberal elitists can get on their bandwagons about.
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jan 15, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    What the hell is wrong with kids anymore? They should be tried as an adult if they're 12 years old anymore. If not, then prosecute the parents. Someone has to be responsible for these punk's actions. BRING BACK THE PADDLE IN THE SCHOOLS! They need a good (edited) busting now and then!
  • by Anonymous Location: lewis county on Jan 15, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    thats is what kind of sheriff we have had he been doing his job they would have been aressed when they done it

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