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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,...

Sentencing moved back for Louisiana Black church arsonist

Jul. 2, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Sentencing has been pushed back for the man who pleaded guilty to setting fires in 2019 at three historic Black churches in south Louisiana. Holden Matthews had been set for sentencing July 30 in federal court in Lafayette. But court records show the sentencing has been rescheduled...

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2 charged with trying to destroy Tillman statue in SC

Jul. 1, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two people accused of placing an incendiary device at the foot of a monument to an avowed racist at the South Carolina Statehouse were arrested Wednesday, authorities said. Officers at the Statehouse found the device Saturday night near the “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman...

A photo among those released Tuesday, June 30, 2020, by Chicago police and the U.S. Attorney's Office is this one of a vehicle that was set ablaze in Chicago in the days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Chicago police and federal authorities announced they are looking to the public to provide the identities of 18 people who allegedly set fires during unrest following Floyd's death. (Government photo/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Authorities seek help identifying Chicago arson suspects

Jun. 30, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police and federal authorities announced Tuesday they are looking to the public to provide the identities of 18 people who allegedly set fires during unrest following the death of George Floyd. U.S. Attorney John Lausch and Chicago police Superintendent David Brown released videos...

Los Angeles police make arrest in arson-homicide case

Jun. 30, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters responding to a Los Angeles residential fire found a person dead and when police arrived a woman told them she killed the victim and set the blaze, authorities said. The fire was reported in a structure in the western San Fernando Valley on Monday, a Los Angeles Police...