Police investigate fire at Seattle church as arson
SEATTLE (AP) — Several Molotov cocktails were thrown at a Seattle church, starting a small fire outside.
KIRO-TV reports crews responded after 8 p.m. Thursday to a report of a fire ...
Officials say shipyard fire was arson, offer reward for info
MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A recent fire at a vacant Mississippi Gulf Coast shipyard is now considered arson and officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information on who set the blaze.
Two large buildings burned at a VT Halter Marine site in Moss Point on Sept. 11, causing an estimated ...
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man convicted of setting his friend on fire is seeking a sentence reduction.
The Pueblo Chieftain
Man accused of arson, fraud found competent for trial
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of setting his house on fire in 2016 has been ruled competent to stand trial.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News
PUTNAM, N.Y. (AP) — Lawyers for a 16-year-old say he suffered an “extreme emotional disturbance” before allegedly killing his 15-year-old friend in a New York home and then setting the home on fire.
The Post-Star of Glens Falls
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say a man who tried to set a woman’s house on fire has been shot.
A police preliminary report states that Eric Wilson was shot by the woman’s father Sunday after arriving at her home and trying to set it on fire.
According to court records and ...
TYLER, Texas (AP) — A Texas pilot who survived a 2012 Gulf of Mexico crash and videotaped his time in the water must serve more than five years in prison and repay nearly $1 million for insurance-related fraud.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday that Theodore Robert ...
Tennessee woman charged with trying to burn adult and child
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has been arrested for allegedly attempting to set a mobile home on fire with another adult and a child inside it.
Court records say 39-year-old Sarah Gladys Bowling of Knoxville was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after ...
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A former Fremont County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from the scene of a still-unsolved homicide and arson.
Christopher Pape, 30, earlier pleaded guilty to felony evidence tampering and official misconduct and theft for taking ...
REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been charged with lighting his own home on fire, grabbing a rifle and waiting outside because he was upset that his ex-wife was dating a firefighter.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who stabbed five people at a mental health facility near Pittsburgh after trying to set the building ablaze has pleaded guilty but mentally ill.
Dustin Johnson appeared in court Thursday and pleaded guilty to five counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated ...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year-old western New York charged with killing two other young men and setting fire to their vehicle has pleaded not guilty during a court appearance.
Mason Earle, of Hamlin, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and arson charges during Thursday’s ...
Detroit returns focus of Halloween to city’s children
DETROIT (AP) — The focus of a three-day Halloween period in Detroit is changing from anti-arson efforts to celebrations aimed at families.
Mayor Mike Duggan on Wednesday announced “Halloween in the D.” Three parks and some city-owned houses will take on haunted themes. A harvest festival ...
Arson blamed for Omaha dry cleaning business blast and fire
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an arsonist caused an explosion and fire at a dry cleaning business in Omaha.
The Nebraska State Fire Marshal Agency said in a news release Wednesday that investigators discovered evidence of tampering with the natural gas system in the Wardrobe Spa ...
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire that destroyed three homes and scorched nearly 20 square miles (52 square kilometers) in western Colorado is fully contained.
The Aspen Daily News
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — After a month-long law enforcement initiative in north Mississippi, hundreds face charges ranging from homicide to drug distribution to arson to failing to register as a sex offender.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Mississippi’s Northern District said Tuesday in a news ...
MOSCOW (AP) — A news outlet linked to a Russian multimillionaire accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has reportedly been hit by an arson attack.
St. Petersburg restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozh is believed to control a media empire that includes a “troll farm” whose ...
ALBIA, Iowa (AP) — A man has been found guilty in the deaths of two girls in a Guthrie County house fire.
Court records say 27-year-old Patrick Thompson was convicted Monday in Albia of arson and first-degree murder. His sentence: life in prison without the possibility of parole.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Albany County Republican Party headquarters in downtown Laramie is open for business again three weeks after someone apparently set fire to it.
The fire occurred around 3 a.m. on Sept. 6 and damaged the office on the first floor of a building.
Damage to the ...
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two more people have been charged following a string of suspicious fires in a rural part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — Police in the Arizona city of Cottonwood say that a 26-year-old man has been indicted by a local grand jury in three arson fires more than five years ago.
Cottonwood resident Joshua Daniel Dawson was already being held on unrelated charges when the indictment was ...
Man arraigned on arson charges after string of fires
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man has been arraigned on three counts of third-degree arson after a string of suspicious fires at a barn, a trailer and at least ...
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have jailed a man who they say tried to set a mobile home on fire with two people inside.
WITN in ...
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne man accused of setting a house fire that left his wife with severe burns now faces a murder charge following her death.
WANE-TV reports that Allen County ...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of setting a New Orleans gas pump on fire with a lighter stolen from the gas station’s convenience store.
Citing a Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal release, The New Orleans Advocate reports 32-year-old Marlon Coleman was arrested Sunday ...
Man killed in what police say was plot to steal his house
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma couple was arrested in connection with the bludgeoning death of a man in an alleged plan to move into the man’s home.
The Seattle Times
Officials: Blaze at Mississippi furniture plant was arson
PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — Investigators say a Wednesday fire at a northeast Mississippi furniture plant was arson.
Pontotoc Police Chief Randy Tutor told local news outlets Friday that officers worked with the state Fire Marshal and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to reach the ...
Colorado man may face third charge after confronting hunter
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who was charged after allegedly berating a hunter for legally killing a bear next door to his property may face a third charge related to the incident.
The Aspen Times
California arsonist gets 10 years for church, school fires
SAN DIEGO (AP) — An arsonist has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for three fires that damaged buildings at a San Diego County church and school.
Twenty-two-year-old Tyler Carender of Encinitas was sentenced Thursday for a 2016 arson spree.
Carender, who pleaded guilty to ...
2 charged after 4 calves dead in fire sparked by fireworks
SANDUSKY, Mich. (AP) — A young man and a 16-year-old boy are facing charges after authorities say they shot fireworks that sparked a grass fire and killed four calves along ...
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Douglas County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a suspected arson fire at a city park in Carson City.
Deputies say they saw smoke coming from inside a restroom near the baseball fields at James Lee Park when they responded to a call at James Lee Park on ...
Tacoma couple arrested in death of man found bound in shed
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Tacoma couple in connection with the death of a man who was found bound and wrapped in a tarp at his home near Renton.
The King County Sheriff’s Office says a 39-year-old man was booked into jail on investigation of murder, arson and ...
Louisiana teen arrested in Walmart Halloween section fire
MARRERO, La. (AP) — A teen has been arrested and charged with setting a fire in the Halloween section of a Walmart store in Louisiana earlier this month.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Capt. Jason Rivarde told news outlets that 18-year-old Jerrold Jackson of Marrero has been charged with ...
2 arrested for allegedly setting Northern California fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say a man has been arrested after allegedly confessing to starting five blazes in Northern California last year.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday 30-year-old Kyle Jeptha Bridgman confessed to ...
Man convicted of murder, attempted murder in 2011 slaying
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A man charged in a fatal home invasion that ended with a New Jersey home in flames has been convicted of felony murder, attempted murder and robbery.
Jurors in Monmouth County deliberated for about three days before convicting 61-year-old Richard Busby in the July ...
Kentucky forestry officials prepare for fall wildfire season
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Despite a wet start to autumn, the Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for the fall wildfire season.
Forestry officials say most of Kentucky’s wildfires are preventable — the result of arson and careless burning of trash, debris and brush. The state’s fall ...
Seattle arsonist who set deadly fire scheduled for release
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say a man who set fire to a Seattle warehouse killing four firefighters in 1995 is scheduled to be released from prison Thursday.
Wildfire in Tuscan countryside forces 700 to flee homes
ROME (AP) — Italian emergency authorities say a suspected arson fire in the countryside near Pisa has forced at least 700 people to flee their homes and has ravaged some 600 hectares (nearly 1,500 acres).
Tuscany Gov. Enrico Rossi told reporters Tuesday that arson was suspected and ...
What ignited many of California’s worst wildfires a mystery
California officials quickly determined an arsonist started last month’s huge wildfire southeast of Los Angeles, and that two weeks earlier sparks from a vehicle produced a deadly wildfire in the far northern part of the state.
But causes for many of California’s worst blazes of the past ...
California teacher suspected of lighting 2 fires at school
REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine why a high school teacher started two small fires on campus while classes were in session.
Police say Timothy Mark Ridgway was arrested Friday on suspicion of arson at Redlands East Valley High School east of Los ...
Deputies: Man threatened to shoot helicopter flying overhead
DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing a felony charge after authorities say he told a television station and sheriff’s deputies that he was going to shoot down the sheriff’s helicopter if it didn’t stop flying over his house.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Saturday that ...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been sentenced to nine years and two months in prison for plotting to burn down a house occupied by two adults and six children.
Court records show that 39-year-old Rashica Ford was sentenced Friday in Tampa federal court. She was convicted in June of ...
Woman given 74 years for blaze that killed 2 firefighters
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 46-year-old woman who set a fire that resulted in the deaths of two Kansas City firefighters has been sentenced to 74 years in prison.
Thu Hong Nguyen was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder, arson and assault. She was convicted in July of setting a fire to ...
Man charged with arson in Colorado wildfire will stand trial
DENVER (AP) — A Denmark native will stand trial for 141 counts of arson for the homes and buildings destroyed in the third-largest wildfire recorded in Colorado, a judge ruled Friday.
Senior Judge Gregory Lyman’s decision follows a Wednesday hearing to determine whether the evidence ...
Man accused in arson found not guilty by reason of insanity
CORINTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with arson and attempted murder for setting his home on fire has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Bangor Daily News
Woman wins $2.75 million award after house burned in arson
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A jury has awarded a Columbia woman more than $2.75 million for injuries and losses she suffered during an arson fire at her home.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports when ...
Florida man charged with setting woman on fire after dispute
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man set a woman on fire, leaving her in critical condition.
A Fort Myers police news release says officers arrested 39-year-old Terry Palmer on Tuesday and charged him with arson in the first degree and arson causing great bodily ...
Woman accused of setting fire at her home will remain jailed
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A woman accused of starting a fire at the central New Jersey townhouse where she lives must remain jailed pending her trial.
A state superior court judge ruled Tuesday that 20-year-old Suzanne Demo poses a risk to the public. She’s charged with aggravated arson, ...
Prosecutors want 89-year sentence in firefighters’ deaths
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors are requesting an 89-year prison term for a woman who set fire to a nail salon resulting in the deaths of two Kansas City firefighters.
Forty-six-year-old Thu Hong Nguyen is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. She was convicted in July of six counts ...