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Trial again delayed for Akron man accused of 9 arson deaths

Aug. 11, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The latest capital murder trial of a man accused of killing nine people in two separate arson fires has been delayed until January. Stanley Ford, 61, of Akron, had gone on trial in February, but it was soon halted by the coronavirus pandemic and the judge overseeing the case eventually...

Authorities: Arson, burglary at Black church in Maryland

Aug. 11, 2020 4:54 AM EDT

SHADY SIDE, Md. (AP) — A person started a fire inside the vestibule of a predominately Black church in Maryland and also burglarized the house of worship, authorities said. Firefighters responding to a call about the fire at Judah Temple Ministries extinguished the blaze just after 5 a.m. Sunday, the Anne...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Hate crime victim arrested at protest won't be prosecuted

Aug. 10, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Black woman who became a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago won't be charged after her arrest early Monday fueled anger among protest leaders in Portland, Oregon, authorities said. Demetria Hester, 46,...

Reward offered for information on arson fires in Mississippi

Aug. 9, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A reward is being offered for information on a series of arson fires in an unincorporated area of southern Jones County in Mississippi. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, three structure fires over the past several weeks have been ruled arson. The Mississippi...

Firefighters battle a fire in an apartment building in Bohumin, northeastern Czech Republic, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. At least 11 people have been killed in a fire in the apartment building police and firefighters said Saturday. Police said the fire hit the 11th floor of the 13-story building in the afternoon. (Vladimir Prycek/CTK via AP)

11 killed, 10 injured in Czech Republic apartment fire

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — At least 11 people have been killed and 10 others injured in an apartment building fire in the northeastern Czech Republic, officials said Saturday, with some suggesting that the fire could be arson. Police said the fire hit the 11th floor of the 13-story building in the afternoon in the town...

This Internet wanted poster was released by the Denver Police Department on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, as they and federal investigators seek the public's help in finding a suspected arsonist of a house fire where five people were found dead in Denver on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Three people escaped the fire by jumping from the home's second floor. Authorities suspect the fire was intentionally set. (Denver Police Department via AP)

Reward offered in Denver fire that killed 5 from Senegal

Aug. 7, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A $14,000 reward was offered Friday for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for setting a house fire that killed five people with ties to Senegal. The victims were members of a family who were “headed in the right direction", Joe Montoya, division chief of...

This image released Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows an FBI poster seeking two men who may have information relevant to the investigation of vandalism and arson of a Providence Police Department cruiser late Tuesday, June 1, in Providence, R.I. The cruiser was pelted with objects then burned near the Providence Place Mall after a protest turned chaotic. (FBI via AP)

FBI offers $10,000 for information on police cruiser arson

Aug. 7, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Rhode Island are seeking two men who may have information about the destruction and arson of a police cruiser during a June riot in downtown Providence. The FBI also said it's offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of...

Police officers have arrested a man at the Weisestrasse in Berlin, Germany, where the bar 'Syndicate' is being evacuated on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Protesters have erected barricades and set several fires in a bid to stop Berlin police from evicting a left-wing bar that has been the focus of a campaign against gentrification. (Paul Zinken//dpa via AP)

Protests, arrests at eviction of left-wing Berlin bar

Aug. 7, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of German police officers faced off against protesters trying to stop the eviction Friday of a left-wing bar in Berlin that has been the focus of an anti-gentrification campaign. Police detained 44 people after protesters erected barricades and set several fires in an unsuccessful...

An investigator stands in the doorway of a home in suburban Denver on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, where five people were found dead after a fire. Three people escaped the fire by jumping from the home's second floor. Investigators believe the victims were a toddler, an older child and three adults. Authorities suspect was intentionally set. Witnesses told firefighters that three people on the second floor of the burning home jumped to safety. A fire department spokesman said the fire's heat pushed back a police officer trying to rescue the people who were on the home's first floor. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Senegal president offers condolences to Denver fire victims

Aug. 6, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The president of Senegal offered his condolences on Thursday after five people who immigrated to Colorado from the West African country were killed in a suburban Denver house fire that authorities say they suspect was intentionally set. President Macky Sall tweeted in French that he was also...

Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP)

Federal specialists called to help investigate St. Paul fire

Aug. 6, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Expert federal investigators are joining joined state and local teams who are working to find a cause of a huge fire at a hotel construction site in St. Paul. Fire caused extensive damage to the five-story Courtyard by Marriott hotel Tuesday and significant damage to a six-story...