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Charges have been formally filed against two Irondale teens after they allegedly threw rocks through a historic church’s windows.

Matthew Osborne, 17, and Tyler Herring, 17, both of Irondale, are being charged with a class E felony of property damage.

According to the probable cause statement, on Jan. 27 a deputy was called to the United Methodist Church located at 112 S. Maple St. in Irondale for six broken windows.

The report said on Jan. 26 the teens knowingly and purposely caused damage to the church by throwing rocks and asphalt chunks through the glass windows of the historic building.

Both teens were arrested after an investigation and both gave voluntary statements admitting that they damaged the property. The approximate value of the damage is $1,200.

In an earlier story church member John O’Neal said the damaged windows are a part of the building’s long history in the community.

“The church is past 150 years old with all original windows except for one,” O’Neal said. “They broke out four of them on the south side of the building and one on the north side. It’ll be an expensive endeavor.”

It was reported that three suspects were identified in the investigation and later located. Two of the suspects were arrested and provided statements, while the third was cleared and not arrested.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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