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Police investigating death near Eugene park footbridge

Oct. 28, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene police are investigating after finding a person dead under a park footbridge. The Register-Guard reports the fire department got a call to the footbridge over Amazon Creek near Kincaid Park concerning a fire and an explosion Tuesday afternoon, police said. Emergency responders...

Man charged with murder, arson in fatal house fire

Oct. 28, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 40-year-old man has been charged with open murder and arson in connection with a fatal fire at a western Michigan home. Chad Bruining of Kentwood was expected to be arraigned Wednesday, according to Grand Rapids police. The Kent County medical examiner’s office...

This surveillance image provided by the Boston Police Department shows a man approaching a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library, early Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in downtown Boston. Massachusetts election officials say a fire was set at the ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what appears to have been a “deliberate attack.

Man charged in burning of ballot drop box in Boston

Oct. 26, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man was charged with setting a Boston ballot drop box on fire and damaging dozens of ballots, police said Monday. Worldy Armand, a 39-year-old Boston resident, was taken into custody late Sunday, hours after he started a fire inside a drop box outside the Boston Public Library in the...

San Francisco police investigating body set on fire

Oct. 26, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say they found a body set on fire in a downtown city alley, but do not know if the person was alive before the fire was started. Officials attempted to put out the fire early Sunday but the person was declared dead, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. ...

Arson investigators looking into Kentucky city hall fire

Oct. 26, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Arson investigators are trying to determine whether a blaze that damaged a Kentucky city hall building was intentionally set. The Burkesville government building suffered fire damage early Sunday to a section where police offices are located, news outlets reported. The majority of...

Police: 2 killed, 2 injured in suburban St. Louis house fire

Oct. 26, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — A woman and her grandson were killed and two others injured in a house fire in suburban St. Louis, police there said. Annie Simms, 86, and Michael Simms, 39, died in the Sunday afternoon fire in Jennings, St. Louis County police said Monday. Another man and woman were able to escape,...

This surveillance image provided by the Boston Police Department shows a man approaching a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library, early Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in downtown Boston. Massachusetts election officials say a fire was set at the ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what appears to have been a “deliberate attack.

FBI investigating fire set in Boston ballot drop box

Oct. 25, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

A fire was set Sunday in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what Massachusetts election officials said appears to have been a “deliberate attack,” now under investigation by the FBI. The fire that was set around 4 a.m. in a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library...

Police: Lincoln man arrested after setting fire to apartment

Oct. 25, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man was arrested after he intentionally set a fire in his apartment early Sunday, police said. Trent Burgess, 30, was booked into the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of first-degree arson, The Lincoln Journal-World reported. No one was injured but some residents in the...

Family of Houston Fire Department arson investigator Lemuel Bruce grieve as his casket is carried into Lakewood Church for his funeral service Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Houston. Bruce was shot to death early Friday, Oct. 16, while he and a team of arson investigators were probing recent fires in northwest Houston.   (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Slain Houston fire investigator remembered fondly at service

Oct. 22, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston arson investigator who was killed in a shootout with a suspect was remembered Thursday as an excellent husband, a good friend and someone who dedicated his life to the service of his community. Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for Houston Fire Department Investigator...

Rimrock man allegedly tries to burn trailers; family escapes

Oct. 21, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

RIMROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Rimrock man has been arrested for allegedly trying to burn down two trailers including one that had his wife and two teenage daughters inside, authorities said. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that 34-year-old Jerry Follett remains jailed on a $500,000 bond...