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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...

Lawyer: Man fatally beat father he thought was a vampire

Jul. 3, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

HEMPFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A man who said he fatally beat his 92-year-old father in their home because he believed his father was a vampire has been sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison. Douglas Novak pleaded guilty but mentally ill last November to murder, arson, reckless endangerment and risking a...

Tennessee man indicted in deaths of ex-girlfriend, infant

Jul. 2, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was indicted in the stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend and their 5-month-old son, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Thursday. Enoch Zarceno Turner, 25, of Shelby County, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse,...

Joseth  Jett spray painted over the top of graffiti from the night before and paints RIP Rayshard Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Atlanta. On Saturday, protestors set fire to the Atlanta Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was shot and killed by Atlanta police Friday evening during a struggle in a Wendy's drive-thru line. (Steve Schaefer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

2 arrested in Wendy's fire after Rayshard Brooks' shooting

Jul. 2, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities on Thursday arrested two more people on suspicion of arson in the burning of an Atlanta Wendy's restaurant where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks. The arrests of John Wade, 33, and Chisom Kingston, 23, were confirmed by Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford,...