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August 1, 2009

Library culprits make apologies

Kokomo police find four juveniles involved.

Four boys, aged 12 to 14, will make formal apologies to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Board for a small explosion set off Monday inside the Main Branch.

Kokomo Police Major James Calabro said video surveillance from the library’s east parking lot provided evidence to help track down all four boys.

Partial descriptions of the boys were also provided by library staffers who saw the kids running out the back door.

Police believe the boys responsible have all been identified. Calabro said the explosion was probably comparable to a large firecracker being set off. Police have not provided further details about the explosive device, which created a “bang” in the east stairwell of the library.

Police evacuated the building shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, and patrons and library staffers had to wait outside for about an hour while police, with help and a bomb dog from the Howard County Sheriff Department, searched the building.

Nothing was found during the search, police said.

Two library workers said they saw kids running away from the stairwell just after the bang. The incident caused no apparent damage to the library, and no one was injured.

Library director Charles Joray said three of the boys, along with their parents, have already made apologies to him, in person. He said he expected to meet Saturday with the fourth boy involved.

Joray said he expects all four boys to formally apologize to the library board at the next scheduled board meeting, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Main Branch conference room.

“I’m currently working on some sort of community service for them to perform,” Joray added.

Calabro said “old-fashioned police work” was used to track down the culprits.

He said he doesn’t expect charges to be filed against the boys, partly because Joray did not request they be charged, and partly because the parents seemed very willing to exercise appropriate discipline.

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