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Police announce charges in arson investigation

Dec. 8, 2019 3:57 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police in Baltimore, Maryland say they've charged two men with arson as part of an investigation into several recent fires at vacant homes. Police said Sunday they charged 37-year-old William Ritchie and 41-year-old Shawn Krainer with arson. The charges are related to fires at two...

Police investigate fires at vacant homes

Dec. 7, 2019 5:59 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police in Baltimore, Maryland say they're investigating several fires at vacant homes that have been set deliberately. Police said Saturday they had taken a person of interest into custody and are continuing to investigate a rash of fires in recent days. Police said there have been 17...

Michigan's top court backs judge, says probation OK in fire

Dec. 7, 2019 1:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated a sentence of probation for a Detroit-area landlord who pleaded no contest to setting a fire at his apartment building in 2007. Giovanni Naccarato's case began in 2011 but has bounced between Wayne County Circuit Court and higher courts after Judge...

Police: man in Virginia dead after shooting at police

Dec. 7, 2019 1:02 PM EST

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man is dead after shooting at police trying to serve an arrest warrant. The Stafford County Sheriff's Office said 43-year-old Keysean Hodges fired at deputies early Saturday when they attempted to arrest him on a felony arson charge. Police said Hodges fired...

Greek authorities suspect arson in Athens hotel fire

Dec. 6, 2019 10:20 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece said Friday that arson is suspected in a fire at a luxury hotel in Athens that left three people hospitalized and had the fire department scrambling to evacuate guests and staff. Both police and fire department investigators suspect the fire the Athenaeum Palace...

Arson hurt man in home a day after a woman was killed there

Dec. 6, 2019 7:50 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a St. Louis area house fire that critically injured a man was intentionally set one day after a woman was fatally shot in the same home. But St. Louis County police say there is no known connection between Thursday's fire and the killing of 20-year-old Johanna Kimple on...

Man badly hurt in fire, day after woman killed at same home

Dec. 5, 2019 11:26 AM EST

The St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit is investigating a house fire that critically injured a man one day after a woman was shot to death inside the same home. Johanna Kimple, 20, was killed Wednesday during an argument at the home in north St. Louis County. Javion Smith, 19, was charged with second-degree...

Police: Man believed to have killed 2, died in fire ID'd

Dec. 4, 2019 2:50 PM EST

DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a man who they believe beat an eastern Pennsylvania couple to death with a hammer and was then found dead in a fire in the garage has been identified as the woman's adult son. Police in Berks County said Wednesday that DNA tests identified the third person found...

Anchorage police release name of woman found in burned SUV

Dec. 4, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have released the name of a woman found dead last month inside a burned sport utility vehicle near Cheney Lake Park. Police say the woman has been conclusively identified as 54-year-old Elsie Jackson. Patrol officers and firefighters at 12:45 a.m. Nov. 22 responded...

Second spa owner admits to burning business

Dec. 3, 2019 3:26 PM EST

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A second owner of a Vermont spa has pleaded guilty to setting the business on fire a year ago. Kristopher Kirby of East Montpelier, co-owner of the Sundara Day Spa in Berlin, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of first-degree arson. The Times Argus reports that the 48-year-old agreed...