August 12, 2006
Two youths have come forward claiming responsibility for a fire that damaged an Albemarle County church last weekend. Charlottesville Police said the Alberene Church was vandalized in the early morning hours when someone broke in, defaced the basement area with cooking condiments, and then set an outside wagon on fire.
Officials from Albemarle County Fire Department said that two 14-year-old males confessed to the vandalism. They admitted setting fire to the church.
No charges against the two have been filed but officials say they do not consider the incident a hate crime. Charges are pending, following consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney's office.