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Topper pleads to arson for playground blaze

16-year-old Harley Dennis Topper has pleaded guilty to a charge of arson in connection with a fire that destroyed the Island Park Playground in Winfield in 2013.

The agreement brings an end to the criminal court proceedings in the case. Lesser charges against Topper were dropped as part of the arrangement, which was formalized Thursday in juvenile court in Winfield.

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