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Nebraska man who set fire in Missouri jail sentenced

Jul. 23, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A Nebraska man who set a fire that forced the evacuation of a Missouri county jail has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for arson and other charges. Ethen Mark Bentley, 29, of Stella, Nebraska, was sentenced July 16 after pleading guilty to...

Life in prison is sentence for Florida man in double killing

Jul. 23, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man will serve life in prison without parole for the 2018 slayings of his girlfriend and their young special-needs daughter, a judge ruled Friday. The sentence for Ronnie Oneal III was a foregone conclusion when a jury opted in June not to...

Springfield man pleads guilty in home invasion, killing

Jul. 23, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a woman last year during a home invasion and setting fire to her home in an attempt to conceal evidence. Ronald D. Porter, 33, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to 13 counts, including...

Denver DA's husband pleads guilty to attempted arson

Jul. 22, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The husband of Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has pleaded guilty to attempted arson after he left slash piles burning unattended in northern Colorado last year. The Denver Post reports 69-year-old Christopher Linsmayer was charged after he left...

Man charged with arson following Great Barrington blaze

Jul. 22, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing charges of arson and insurance fraud in connection with a fire that consumed a building he owned in Great Barrington. The building held apartments and a retail shop but was vacant when it went up in flames...

Gang member gets 30 years in prison for boy's stabbing death

Jul. 20, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A gang member was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison for his role in the killing of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed and cut more than 100 times at a Maryland home before his body was set on fire. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis...

Dutch court convicts men of torching virus testing center

Jul. 20, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court convicted a young man and a teenager of arson Tuesday for torching a coronavirus testing site during violent protests in January that followed the introduction of a nationwide curfew to curb COVID-19 cases. The court sentenced...

Witness: Commissioner used arson money to buy campaign signs

Jul. 16, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck improperly took money from the private insurer he led and used it to buy campaign signs when the Republican ran for office in 2018, a witness testified Friday in Beck’s trial. The testimony came as...

State police reassigning troopers amid staffing shortage

Jul. 14, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts State Police are grappling with a staffing shortage, forcing leadership to make temporary reassignments to fill gaps. Nearly four dozen veteran troopers who investigate homicides, gangs, arson and other crimes are being temporarily moved to...

Wheat field fires in western Michigan prompt arson probe

Jul. 12, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A series of wheat field fires in western Michigan prompted an arson investigation, authorities said. Two fires were reported recently just outside the village of Waldron, according to the Hillsdale Daily News. The...