Fire Started in Ellsworth Park By Teens Who 'Wanted to Stay Warm'
Three Bayside girls lit pages torn from books in the Little Free Library at Ellsworth Park Friday night, then ran away. Each nabbed a $681 fine.
Three Bayside girls each received a $681 fine after starting a fire at Ellsworth Park which they told police was because they started to “stay warm.”
At 7:39 p.m. on Friday, Bayside Police and the North Shore Fire Department received a call for a fire at Ellsworth Park from someone who said they saw four girls who had lit a fire near the tennis courts and then ran away.
Police searched the immediate area and found three girls running east along Fairy Chasm Road, directly north of the park. An officer stopped to talk with them and noticed they were all out of breath. They eventually admitted they had been at the park and had lit pages from a book on fire near the tennis courts. They all said they “Just lit the fire to stay warm.”
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The girls were taken into custody and searched at the station. One girl had a cellophane cigarette wrapper stuffed with a green leafy substance in it and a case made of Duck Tape that had a pipe inside, also full of a green leafy substance. That substance later tested positive for marijuana. One girl admitted the pipe and marijuana was hers and she had intended to smoke it later, but she wouldn’t tell police who she got the marijuana from.
Police later discovered the pages the girls had used to start the fire were from the Little Free Library at the park.
In total, all three girls, ages 14, 15 and 16, were from Bayside. The 16-year-old was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, $681, and the 14 and 15-year-olds were cited for destruction of property – vandalism, $681.