published Friday, June 27th, 2014

Second teen charged with burning down historic Whitfield County church

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The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office has arrested a second teenager connected to the Beaverdale Baptist Church arson.

Forrest A. Jones, 19, was arrested this afternoon, one day after the sheriff's office arrested another teenager in connection with the case. A Beaverdale Baptist Church building, which is more than 100 years old, caught fire twice this year.

On March 21, according to an incident report, firefighters extinguished the flames after the building suffered "extensive damage." The building caught fire again on April 16, but this time the firefighters could not reach it on time. The building burned down.

Investigators knew someone lit the building on fire because no electricity was in there at the time of the fires. The church was using the building as storage.

On Thursday, the sheriff's office arrested 18-year-old Jacob Dylan Plott on two counts of arson. Investigators say that witnesses and evidence linked Plott to the fire.

The sheriff's office does not expect to make any more arrests in this case. Unlike Plott, Jones has only been charged with one count of arson.

"We cannot prove him to be there on the second date," sheriff's office spokesman Rick Swiney said, referring to the April 16 fire.

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