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3 charged in smoke bomb incident By WILLIAM B. TREML NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Prosecuting Attorney William F. Delhey has authorized misdemeanor warrants against three of four former Huron High School students who police say were linked to the ignition of a smoke bomb in the school on June 5.
Douglas Bauss and Tarehe Wilburn, both 18, and Mark Goodman, 17, are to be arraigned in 15th District Court on charges of attempted disturbing the peace. The fourth suspect, Tod White, 18, was not charged.
Fifteen Huron students and four teachers were hospitalized for smoke inhalation when the military-type bomb, normally used for army drills, was set off while school was in session. The bomb caused damage estimated at $1,800 to the interior of the school on Huron Parkway on the city's northeast side.
Delhey said the decision to authorize warrants against Bauss, Wilburn and Goodman was made after an extensive review by himself and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jerome Farmer II of the Ann Arbor Police Department report on the incident.
"We can prove in a trial that the three defendants possessed the smoke bomb, handled it and discussed setting it off,” the prosecutor said. “We cannot prove who ignited it. And we cannot prove the fourth suspect, White, was directly involved.
Attempted disturbing the peace is a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment if found guilty of 45 days in the County Jail and/or a fine of $50.
Ann Arbor Superintendent of Schools Richard Benjamin said he will recommend to the Board of Education that a letter be sent to the 15th District Court judge as. signed the case asking that the three defendants share restitution in the damage to the school.
"I think three things should be done here: restitution, interviews with the victims who were injured and a general education program to all students on the danger an incident like this can present. I believe every student should be warned about this type of thing," Benjamin said.