Ex-W.Va. security guard accused of firearms theft
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former security guard at a federal facility in West Virginia has been indicted on charges that he stole and sold firearms and ammunition.
Reward offered for suspect in shooting of Virginia officer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $10,000 reward is being offered for a West Virginia man who is a suspect in the shooting of a Virginia police officer.
Feds: Large fire in Philadelphia 1 year ago was arson
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities say a massive fire that prompted evacuation of scores of people in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood a year ago was deliberately set.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Friday that a nearly yearlong investigation of the February 2018 blaze determined that it was "incendiary in nature."
Federal agents cleared in deadly shooting of Wyoming man
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Prosecutors have cleared two federal agents in the deadly shooting of a convicted felon who had fired on them in central Wyoming last month.
The Riverton Ranger reports Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun says the shooting of 34-year-old Nicholas Garcia by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents was "justified homicide."
Report: Human activity likely cause of public housing fire
WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a fire that gutted a public housing complex for seniors in Washington, D.C., was likely caused by human activity.
News outlets report investigators say the September fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex likely started in a small space near the roof that contained electrical wiring.
Feds raise reward to $10,000 in Idlewild firebombing
IDLEWILD, Mich. (AP) — Federal investigators are increasing the reward for information that could solve a firebombing in the northern Lower Peninsula.
Someone threw an explosive through a window at a home in Idlewild in April 2017. The family escaped, but the home was destroyed in Lake County, 75 miles north of Grand Rapids. A 5-year-old girl sleeping in her bed avoided injury.
‘Improvised explosion’ hits New Mexico strip mall, kills 1
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An "improvised explosion" detonated in an alley behind a strip mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday and killed a man authorities believe was responsible for the device, police said.
Maryland police chief resigns following FBI, ATF searches
TANEYTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police chief has resigned weeks after federal agents executed a search warrant at the department in an investigation with still unclear origins.
Sprinkler valve was off in nursing home fire that killed 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The main sprinkler valve had been turned off before a 2017 five-alarm fire at a Pennsylvania senior nursing and rehabilitation center that left four residents dead and injured two dozen people, federal investigators said Thursday.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released the final investigative report into the cause of the huge blaze at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Philadelphia.
Federal investigators join probe of Anchorage hotel fire
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal authorities have joined the investigation into the massive blaze that razed a hotel under construction in Anchorage.
Police chief, officer on leave after FBI searches department
TANEYTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland city has placed its police chief and another officer on leave after federal agents executed a search warrant at the department.
Bill by Oregon congressman would regulate weed like alcohol
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol.
The bill introduced Wednesday would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list and establish a nationally regulated industry overseen by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Blumenauer has long advocated legalizing marijuana at the federal level.
Baltimore gun buyback event yields a rocket launcher
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say a rocket launcher was among the more than 1,000 firearms turned in during recent gun buyback events.
The rocket launcher was traded for $500, and police have reached out to the military and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace its origin. Police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert says the unloaded rocket launcher was turned in Monday, Dec. 17.
Florida felon gets 5 years for having 4 tons of explosives
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida felon has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing nearly four tons of explosive fuses.
Court records say 57-year-old Marc Jason Levene, of Sarasota, was sentenced Wednesday in Tampa federal court. He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of possession of explosives by a convicted felon. He has had prior felony drug convictions that prohibited him from possessing or selling explosive materials.
Reward offered for information on stolen guns
OAK GROVE, Ky. (AP) — A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the people responsible for stealing multiple firearms from a store near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.
A statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Monday said the agency and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are each offering a $2,500 reward.
Weekend fire destroys church in Norwood Young America
NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA, Minn. (AP) — Fire has destroyed a church in Norwood Young America that celebrated its 160th anniversary in September.
Pastor Eli Somers says no one was in the Church in the Maples United Methodist Church at the time of the Sunday night blaze, and no injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known. An investigator with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was at the scene, which authorities say is standard for any church fire.
ATF: Texas apartment fire that killed 5 intentionally set
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas say an apartment fire that killed five people last summer was intentionally set.
Fred Milanowski, special agent in charge for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said during a news conference Friday that a criminal investigation into the July 20 blaze is underway.
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$5K reward offered in case of guns stolen from Georgia store
CANTON, Ga. (AP) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a $5,000 reward for information about guns stolen from a Georgia store.
Guns, explosives confiscated in Minnehaha County
HARTFORD, S.D. (AP) — Federal and local authorities say they've seized dozens of guns and explosive devices from a salvage yard in suburban Sioux Falls.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led a search of the property Tuesday in Hartford. Minnehaha County Sheriff's Capt. Jason Gearman says law enforcement was looking for stolen weapons.
Toy grenade causes scare at Indiana store
HIGHLAND, Ind. (AP) — Black Friday excitement briefly turned into panic after a customer at a northwestern Indiana Meijer store mistook a toy grenade for a real one.
Reward offered in Tennessee burglary, loss of firearms
SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to help solve a Tennessee burglary in which about 16 firearms were taken.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working in conjunction with the Savannah Police Department and firearms trade association National Shooting Sports Foundation. The burglary happened Saturday at Talley's Lock and Load in Savannah.
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 $2.5 million in damage.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the reward Thursday. It's offered jointly by the bureau and the Mississippi state Fire Marshal.
Malfunctioning power strip caused fire that killed 5 kids
UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) — Federal investigators say a malfunctioning power strip sparked a New Jersey house fire that killed five children.
The report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also concludes the July 13 fire in Union City was an accident.
The report made public Thursday by Hudson County prosecutors states the power strip started sparking after an electrical failure, which ignited nearby flammable materials in a first-floor apartment at the home.
Official says fire that destroyed building was intentional
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a fire that destroyed an unfinished Alabama apartment building and injured a Birmingham firefighter was set intentionally.
ATF: Hundreds of guns stolen in Memphis seized near Chicago
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Most of the roughly 400 guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area, federal authorities said.
The Latest: ATF: 2nd suspect arrested in stolen guns case
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the recovery of about 400 guns stolen from a UPS facility in Tennessee (all times local):
A second suspect in the theft of around 400 guns from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee is in custody.
ATF: Guns stolen from Tennessee found in Chicago suburb
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Most of the roughly 400 guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area, federal authorities said Tuesday.
The Latest: ATF: Guns stolen in Tennessee found near Chicago
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on guns stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee and recovered near Chicago (all times local):
Federal authorities say hundreds of guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area.
ATF warns public after 400 guns stolen in Tennessee
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — About 400 guns have been stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Memphis, Tennessee, and authorities are concerned about the theft's potential effect on public safety in this city and elsewhere.
The Latest: Investigators ID 3 dead in car explosion
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a car explosion in Pennsylvania that killed three people (all times local):
Officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say the three people who died in a car explosion in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, knew each other.
The Latest: 3 dead after Pennsylvania car explosion
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a car explosion in Pennsylvania that killed at least 1 person (all times local):
A coroner says three males are dead after a car explosion in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said at a news conference Sunday that authorities are working to identify the victims.
Federal authorities investigating explosive devices
NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating two small explosions in New Berlin.
No one was hurt when explosive devices detonated along a road on Saturday and Monday. New Berlin police saw frayed electrical wire and gray smoke and called the Milwaukee County bomb squad. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.
ATF is offering a reward of $5,000 for information about who is responsible for the explosions.
Federal agent serving search warrant shoots Avra Valley man
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County authorities say a federal agent has shot a man in Avra Valley while serving a search warrant.
County Sheriff's officials say the shooting occurred Thursday morning and the search warrant involved alleged violations of firearms and explosives laws.
They say an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shot 65-year-old Christopher Snow, who was transported to a Tucson-area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Burglaries at gun stores increasing in Missouri and US
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The theft of more than 20 firearms at a Fenton gun store last week was the latest in an increase in such robberies at gun stores in Missouri and Illinois, according to federal officials.
Figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives show there were at least eight gun store burglaries last year in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties, including an April 2017 heist at the Hazelwood Cabela's.
Investigators still looking for cause of deadly Chicago fire
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Fire Department official says the cause of the apartment fire that claimed the lives of 10 children remains a mystery.
Reward offered after 20 to 30 guns stolen in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with Rapid City police and a firearms trade group are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about 20 to 30 guns that were stolen from a sporting goods store.
Authorities say the guns were taken during a burglary at The Rooster in Rapid City early Wednesday.
No cause found for fire before collapse, firefighter deaths
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities say the cause of a central Pennsylvania fire that preceded a building collapse that killed two firefighters earlier this year will remain undetermined.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Thursday that it has closed its investigation into the cause and origin of the March 21 fire in a former piano factory in York.
Trump nominates new US marshal for Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A special agent and criminal investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Providence has been nominated as the new U.S. marshal for Rhode Island.
President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Wing Chau for the job.
Chau began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a patrolman with the Rhode Island Capitol Police. He has also served with the United States Border Patrol and with the ATF in San Diego, Washington, D.C., and in Providence.
$10,000 reward offered in Independence weapon robbery
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Federal authorities and a gun trade association are each offering $5,000 rewards to find the people who stole guns from an Independence store.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said several firearms were stolen during a break-in early Thursday at The Armory KC.
The agency says several people might be involved in the robbery.
LAWRENCE, Ind. (AP) — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about a burglary of a suburban Indianapolis gun store.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced the reward following the break-in late Sunday or early Monday at KS & E Sports in Lawrence. Investigators say at least two people stole seven guns.
Officials: 17 guns stolen from 2 firearm dealers
YORKVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in upstate New York are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the person or people who stole seventeen guns from two firearm dealers.
WSTM-TV reports the first burglary happened July 26 at AX Tactical in Yorkville. Police say the suspect fled with three long guns. Authorities say 14 handguns were stolen from Gun Works in Verona a day later.
WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities believe a fire at a suburban Denver apartment building that killed two people and injured nine others was intentional.
A statement released Tuesday by the Westminster Police Department did not explain how investigators made that conclusion.
A team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the Westminster Fire Department to evaluate the remains of the blaze. The ATF team will provide the city with a full report in about a month.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam officials have requested federal agencies to investigate allegations of tax evasion and cigarette smuggling by a tobacco distributor.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials say they helped Nevada law enforcement agencies trace more than 5,000 confiscated guns last year.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reports about 83 percent of the guns were recovered in Las Vegas.
Most of the weapons were pistols, typically a 9 mm.
HONOLULU (AP) — Law enforcement agencies that offered rewards for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of killing a Hawaii police officer haven't made decisions about who will receive more than $30,000.
The FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pledged $10,000 each during the manhunt for Justin Waiki.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the search for a suspect who allegedly shot and killed a Hawaii County police officer (all times local):
The total reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who fatally shot a Hawaii police officer is now $30,000.
Hawaii County said Thursday the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has pledged a $10,000 reward.
That's in addition to two separate pledges of $10,000 from the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. (AP) — A building northwest of Eugene in Junction City exploded and burst into flames.
The Register-Guard reports that authorities, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Junction City police are investigating the cause of the early Monday explosion and fire.
NEWFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a house explosion in New Jersey that claimed two lives (all times local):
Authorities have released the names of a couple killed in an explosion at their New Jersey home.
The Gloucester County prosecutor's office says 73-year-old John Paladino and 72-year-old Carole Paladino were the only occupants of the Newfield house when the blast occurred at 6:15 a.m. Saturday.