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Authorities in Johnson County have released additional information about Thursday morning's cross burning incident.
Police say a juvenile allegedly set a cross on fire in the front yard of a home located at 388 Hazy Lane in Greenwood early Thursday morning.
According to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox, Deputy Joseph Pierce was called to the home around 3:10 a.m. on a suspicious call and noticed a small wooden cross in the front yard and a man standing on the porch.
Deputy Pierce spoke to the homeowner, a 46-year-old black male, who said that about 15 minutes after he went to bed, he heard a loud noise and a knock on his front door. He ran downstairs and opened the front door to a cross on fire in his front yard. His wife then called police.
During the investigation, authorities noticed fresh foot tracks in the snow leading away from the front porch. Deputy Troy Montgomery followed the tracks to see where they led. Montgomery was eventually led to a home located on 127 Hazy Court. Montgomery spoke with two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, who were on the front porch. The pair were at the home of the 16-year-old.
The 17-year-old allegedly admitted to setting the cross on fire. Deputies allege that they could smell alcohol on the boy, so a portable breathalyzer test was given to him. Investigators say that test registered a .089. The 17-year-old was eventually released to his mother's custody.
The investigation is ongoing and charges could be forthcoming.
Last Updated: Friday, January 03, 2014 4:40:52 AM
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