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Four Amish Teen-Agers Arrested

March 17, 1999

HAZLETON, Iowa (AP) _ Four Amish teen-agers were arrested for smashing 44 windows and overturning buggies during a rampage at the home of an Amish farmer, authorities said.

At least three people cowered inside the home of Roman Raber as the teens were causing the damage, sheriff’s deputy Glen Fults said.

The youths apparently suspected Raber had called county deputies to report they had been drinking on the property earlier that evening, Deputy Jeff Coleman said. Deputies had issued numerous alcohol-related citations in the earlier incident.

``They trashed the farm,″ Fults said.

As many as 40 youths were on the property late Sunday and early Monday, having lingered there following prayer services for the adults. Only a handful participated in the vandalism in this quiet Amish community about 50 miles north of Cedar Rapids.

Raber doesn’t have a phone and denied summoning authorities.

``It was frightful, very frightful to see the intent to terrorize us,″ Raber said. ``Most didn’t do anything _ they thought it was terrible.″

More arrests are pending. Authorities didn’t know whether the four arrested had been drinking.

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