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New Milford police grab youngster who set off school fire alarm

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: It’s the season for false alarms at schools, and one department is taking it seriously.

A student faces a juvenile hearing in Family Court in Hackensack after New Milford police identified him as the one who pulled an alarm switch one morning last week.

Police and firefighters responded to an alarm that led to the evacuation of the David E. Owens Middle School at 10 a.m. last Wednesday, Chief Frank Papapietro said.

School administrators and New Milford School Resource Officer Keith Wester checked bathroom logs and reviewed surveillance tapes that determined who was responsible.

The boy admitted to police in front of his parents that he set off the alarm, Papapietro said. Officers then signed a juvenile delinquency complaint against him for causing a false public alarm — which, if he were an adult, would be a third-degree crime.

Because he’s under 16, it goes to Family Court for a closed hearing.

Papapietro pledged to “vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who deliberately disrupts the functions of our schools.”

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