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Arrest in South Beauregard H. S. Arson UPDATE

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DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - UPDATE - Stann Michael LeBlue turned himself in to authorities around 9:00 Thursday morning.

19 year old Lebleu of DeQuincy is charged with Simple Arson, Burglary and Felony Theft.  His bond is set at $62,000.00.   He did not provide a motive for the arson.

Almost two weeks ago a fire destroyed the concession stand at South Beauregard High School.

Now the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect in the case.

Sheriff Ricky Moses reports 17 year-old Christopher Blake Wilson of DeRidder was arrested at his home Tuesday evening.

Wilson is charged with Simple Arson and Felony Theft in connection with the fire at the High School on September 10th. 

Deputies are also looking for 19-year old Stann Michael LeBlue as the second suspect in the case.

While BPSO is working on the investigation, South Beauregard High School is thankful the first suspect has been caught.  

"It almost seems like a completely senseless act," says Principal Marlin Ramsey of South Beauregard High School. "We're just glad to hear that someone will be brought to justice for it."

The principal says he is quite thankful for all over the volunteer help from the community to clean up the mess.

"The 'man power' that we had to get this cleaned up happened in a very quick period of time," says Principal Ramsey.

Paul Brady, President of South Beauregard Football Youth has volunteered his time to clean up.

"I got on a tractor with a front end loader so that Coach Green and I could load debris," says Brady.

In addition to volunteer help, the school has received an outpour of donations from the community.

"We have some freezers and a refrigerator in there that was donated along with a track hoe that we used for the clean up," says Principal Ramsey. 

The school even received a temporary concession stand that was donated by Big O Portables.

School officials say that even though a suspect has been arrested, they will not feel closure until a new concession stand is built.

"Although it's not the main focal point for the athletics here, it is a big part," says Brady. "We need something to meet the needs of the people at the games."

South Beauregard High School is working on designing a building plan for their next concession stand.

Paul Brady would like to thank the following businesses for donations and support:

  • Big O Portable Buildings
  • Singer Construction
  • Thibodaux's Grocery
  • Civil Construction
  • Atlantic Scaffolding
  • Builder's Save More
  • Knox Air Conditioning
  • Beauregard Parish School Board
  • South Beauregard School student population and faculty
  • All other volunteers

If you would like to make any donations to Beauregard high school, contact them at 725-3536.

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