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Louisiana advocate for ex-inmates among those pardoned

Jan. 20, 2021 2:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former federal prisoner who operates a Louisiana nonprofit aiding ex-inmates is among those pardoned in the final hours of the Trump administration. Syrita Steib-Martin’s pardon was announced by the White House early Wednesday. The Louisiana native pleaded guilty in 2000 to...

Missouri man charged with murder, arson in deadly house fire

Jan. 18, 2021 6:27 PM EST

WESTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been accused of setting a house fire that left a man dead, officials said Monday. Anthony Fleming, 24, of Weston, Missouri was charged with murder and arson related to the Sunday morning fire in Weston, according to a news release from Platte County Prosecuting...

Teen accused of torching cruiser detained at NY airport

Jan. 17, 2021 3:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager suspected of setting fire to a Boston police cruiser and inciting a riot was caught trying to board an international flight to leave the country, law enforcement officials said. The teen faced charges stemming from a May 31 demonstration in Boston following George...

Police ID 37-year-old as suspect in arson at Salem City Hall

Jan. 16, 2021 4:22 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police say they have identified a 37-year-old man as the culprit who set several fires at Salem City Hall last month. The fires, set early on Dec. 26, caused about $5,000 in damage. Police said Saturday they had identified the suspect as Scott David Henry, of Salem. Henry is already in...

Hell to pay: Arson shakes a Church of Satan community

Jan. 16, 2021 11:41 AM EST

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Church of Satan are grieving the destruction of a historic “Halloween House” north of New York City that authorities say was set ablaze this week by an unidentified arsonist. The historic home, built in 1900, served as an Addams Family-style hub for...

Man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend sentenced to prison

Jan. 15, 2021 3:29 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man who killed his one-time girlfriend in a Sioux City hotel room before setting the rooom on fire has been sentenced to 75 years in prison. Jordan Henry, 31, was sentenced Friday in Woodbury County District Court to 50 years for second-degree murder and 25-years for arson, the...

Police: Arsonist torches 'Halloween House' in Poughkeepsie

Jan. 15, 2021 9:37 AM EST

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Poughkeepsie say a fire that destroyed the historic “Halloween House” was deliberately set. Surveillance footage shows a man walking up to the house early Thursday with two gas cans, splashing liquid on the front porch and then igniting it, the...

Norway: Former minister's ex-partner gets 20-month sentence

Jan. 15, 2021 8:31 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The ex-partner of Norway’s former justice minister was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in jail Friday for setting a fire outside the politician’s home and other threatening behavior. The Oslo District Court found Laila Bertheussen guilty of setting fire to a...

Protestors thrown stones in the Belgium capital, Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the end of a protest asking for authorities to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old Black man who was detained by police last week in Brussels. The demonstration in downtown Brussels was largely peaceful but was marred by incidents sparked by rioters who threw projectiles at police forces and set fires before it was dispersed. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

4 detained from Belgium demonstration over Black man's death

Jan. 14, 2021 7:54 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Four people, including two minors, remained in custody Thursday after a Brussels demonstration over the weekend death of a young Black man detained by police turned violent, the prosecutor’s office said. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said three of the individuals held were...

Vermont man facing 8 arson charges for Stowe fires

Jan. 13, 2021 8:18 AM EST

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A Stowe man is facing eight arson charges that he set a series of fires over nearly two years that caused more than $1.5 million in damage, police said Wednesday. Police say Jeffrey Nolan, 62, admitted to setting a fire that began that damaged the Stowe Public Library, on March 30, 2019....