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Man charged in Florida church arson attack

Jul. 12, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of setting a Florida church on fire was being held without bail Sunday on charges that include attempted second-degree murder and arson. The Marion County Sheriff's Office charged Steven Shields, 23, on Saturday, hours after detectives say he plowed a minivan through the...

Man charged with arson in burning of Savannah city office

Jul. 11, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Savannah man with setting a fire that burned a city office building. A grand jury indicted 18-year-old Stephen Charles Setter on a charge of arson, the office of U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine said. The charge carries a penalty range of five to 20...

10-year-old charged with arson in Maryland garage fire

Jul. 10, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

WESTMINSTER, Md (AP) — A 10-year-old boy faces arson charges after a garage fire near Union Mills Thursday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said. Firefighters responded to the garage fire in the 3500 block of Littlestown Pike in Westminster at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday, the Carroll County Times...

Man pleads not guilty to rape, murder of teen he met online

Jul. 8, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he raped and killed a 13-year-old girl he met online, then set her body on fire. Armando Cruz, 24, of Inglewood, entered pleas Tuesday to a dozen charges including murder, kidnapping and rape in the July 2 death...

Volunteer firefighter arrested for arson

Jul. 8, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

JEANERETTE, La. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter has been accused of starting a fire in south Louisiana. The State Fire Marshal's Office, in a news release Tuesday, said Kentrelle Beasley Jr., 18, was arrested on a charge of simple arson for setting an abandoned house on fire in Iberia Parish shortly after...

Kenyans protest cop who allegedly killed man over sanitizer

Jul. 6, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Residents of a small town in western Kenya set fire to a police station and damaged several vehicles after a police officer allegedly killed a man over a dispute about hand sanitizer, according to an official report. It is the second time in two weeks that Kenyans have violently...

Police investigate suspicious Bellows Falls fire

Jul. 6, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Police are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a home in the southern Vermont village of Bellows Falls. Firefighters were called to the home shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. Heavy fire was reported on the second floor of a home. Firefighters from Bellows Falls and four other...

Authorities say house fire likely set off by fireworks

Jul. 5, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) — Firefighters in Harrisburg responded to a house fire set started by fireworks, authorities reported Sunday. No one was hurt in the fire that damaged one home, the Argus Leader reported. Lincoln County Emergency Management coordinator Harold Timmerman said that the homeowners told...

13 Illinois 'Bomb Squad' gang members sentenced to prison

Jul. 5, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Thirteen members of a Peoria street gang known as the “Bomb Squad” have been sentenced to prison terms for a racketeering conspiracy that included murder, attempted murder, arson and drug trafficking. Federal prosecutors said one defendant was sentenced to life in prison,...

Opponents of 5G networks set fire to Cyprus' mobile antennas

Jul. 3, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A small group of people who oppose 5G mobile telephone technology is likely responsible for arson attacks against four mobile telephone antenna installations in Cyprus' coastal town of Limassol, a Cypriot police official said Friday. Police spokesman Christos Andreou told The...