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Man gets 50-year prison sentence for Indiana barn fires

Nov. 21, 2022 15:47 PM EST

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to torching several barns last year in a northern Indiana county was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison followed by decades on probation. An Elkhart County judge sentenced Joseph Hershberger to 96 years, but suspended nearly half of...

Arson suspect arrested in Mississippi capital city fires

Nov. 08, 2022 19:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with seven fires set across Mississippi’s capital city early Tuesday. At least two of the buildings set ablaze in Jackson were churches; one was burned to the ground. Another fire broke out on fences...

Police: 2 arrested in Colorado apartment fire that killed 2

Nov. 07, 2022 16:33 PM EST

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Police say they have arrested two juveniles on suspicion of first degree murder and first degree arson in connection with an Oct. 31 fire in a suburban Denver apartment building that killed a woman and her 10-year-old daughter. Lakewood police detectives and...

Eco-activist sentenced to community service, no prison time

Nov. 01, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced an eco-activist to community service but no extra time in custody, rejecting the government’s call for a yearslong prison term for the Seattle man related to arsons decades ago. Joseph Dibee, 54, was a fugitive for more...

Suburban Denver apartment fire kills 2, juveniles sought

Nov. 01, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A fire in a suburban Denver apartment building that killed a woman and her 10-year-old daughter was intentionally set and two juveniles are being sought, police in Lakewood said Tuesday. Officers have arrest warrants for two boys on charges of first-degree...

California man gets life for murder of teen he met online

Nov. 01, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after admitting that he raped and killed a 13-year-old girl he met online, then set her body on fire. Armando Cruz, of Inglewood, accepted an agreement to plead...

Authorities: Suspect in abortion clinic fire died in August

Oct. 31, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man accused of intentionally setting fire to a Tennessee Planned Parenthood clinic and of firing shots later at a federal courthouse died months ago, officials announced Monday in disclosing both the man's death and the allegations. Federal court documents...

Mother who sought reconciliation after racist attack dies

Oct. 30, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Mevlude Genc, who worked for reconcilition after five members of her family were killed in a racist attack that shook Germany in the early 1990s, has died. Authorities in Northrhine-Westphalia state said Sunday that Genc died at 79, providing no further details. ...

German official vows culprits 'will pay' for arson attack

Oct. 29, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Those behind a suspected arson attack on a German hotel intended to house refugee families will be tracked down and held to account, a top security official in eastern Germany said Saturday. Police said windows were broken and a fire broke out shortly after 5 a.m....

Planned refugee shelter in Germany hit by arson attack

Oct. 28, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A former hotel in eastern Germany that was supposed to be used as accommodation for refugee families starting next week was targeted Friday in what authorities believe was an anti-foreigner arson attack. Police said windows were broken and a fire broke out shortly...