Legal proceedings for juveniles accused in Tyrone church fire on hold for now

Two Tyrone teens accused of setting fire to Christ United Methodist Church in early June found out in August that they would be tried as juveniles.
However, they will need to continue to wait to find out their legal fate according to the Blair County Juvenile Probation Office.
Yesterday, deputy director John Dively said the case against the youths is on hold pending the results from a state police crime lab in Greensburg. He said he could not offer any estimate as to when the results from the crime lab would be available. He indicated officials in Greensburg prioritize the order of importance for that type of information.
The two male teens have been accused of setting several fires within the historic downtown Tyrone church. They had been released back to their parents after having been detained for a period of time after they were taken into custody in June.
At one point they were to appear before Judge Elizabeth Doyle in July for a certification hearing to determine if they would be tried as adults or in the juvenile system.
However Dively had previously told The Daily Herald the case was continued until August because a defense attorney had a scheduling conflict. The August hearing was held before visiting Judge John Reilly. He ruled the teens would be tried in juvenile court.
According to Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman, one of the teens turned 18 just days after the fire. The other suspect was 16 at the time of the fire.
Christ United Methodist Church has been in the process of being restored since the fire. Last month, the congregation was able to resume services in the educational building. The church had temporarily held services in the chapel at Epworth Manor while work was done on the educational unit. Work on restoring the more-heavily damaged sanctuary is continuing at the structure located at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
A recent church bulletin said the outpouring of support from the community since the fire was “inspiring.” Churches, groups and individuals from throughout the area have sent their thoughts, prayers and financial support.
More than $2,400 in contributions has been placed in a special fund that will be used for fire-related expenses.