Idaho police suspect 4 teens burned down principal’s home

PAYETTE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police believe four teenage boys set fire to their high school principal’s house in retaliation for being suspended.

Payette Police Chief Mark Clark told the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday that he asked a judge to issue warrants for the arrest of three high-schoolers and one middle-schooler.

Clark says social media posts helped lead investigators to the suspects.

The Feb. 22 blaze destroyed Payette High School principal Mark Heleker’s home and three cars parked in the driveway. His family and pets escaped the fire that started in a trash can outside the garage.

Heleker says he knows the older boys but not the younger student. He’s a former mayor of the city of 7,500 people about 60 miles northwest of Boise.



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