Latest Arson News

The Latest: Tear gas drives back protesters trying to leave

Nov. 17, 2019 7:53 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 8:50 a.m. Police used tear gas to drive back dozens of protesters who were trying to leave a university campus that they have occupied for days. Protesters streamed out of the campus Monday morning after the president of Hong Kong...

Man arrested for arson after 4 Oregon fires

Nov. 16, 2019 3:14 PM EST

TIGARD, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon have arrested a man suspected of starting four fires in one day. Tigard Police says 26-year-old Joseph Tyler Martinez was arrested for arson. He’s suspected of setting four fires Thursday. Police say the first fire caused serious damage to the outside of a...

11-year-old suspect identified in Georgia dental office fire

Nov. 15, 2019 3:41 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy has been identified as the suspect in a case of arson that severely damaged a Georgia dental office. Savannah Fire Rescue, in a news release, said the child was identified Friday. Fire spokeswoman Jenel Few would not say whether the child had been arrested, saying...

Missouri woman charged after husband’s body found in freezer

Nov. 14, 2019 6:49 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman whose husband’s corpse was found in a freezer in a bedroom inside their southwest Missouri home, where it may have been stored for nearly a year. Barbara Watters, 67, of Joplin, was arrested Thursday, a day after she was charged with...

Man, 63, charged after woman found suffering burns

Nov. 14, 2019 4:33 PM EST

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged with assault with intent to murder after a 62-year-old woman was set on fire. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 63-year-old William Helmer of Farmington Hills also is charged with aggravated assault. He was arraigned...

Cyprus president: Arsonists won’t stop national park plan

Nov. 14, 2019 2:16 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president vowed on Thursday to press ahead with creating a national park in a largely untouched area of the tourism-reliant island, following a string of deliberately-set forest fires that were blamed on local landowners’ development plans. Nicos Anastasiades...

Woman admits setting fire to Montana rest stop restrooms

Nov. 14, 2019 10:45 AM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A 26-year-old Kalispell woman has pleaded guilty to setting two restrooms on fire at rest stops along Interstate 15 in southwest Montana two years ago. The Montana Standard reports that District Judge Robert Whelan on Wednesday accepted the pleas to two counts of felony arson by...

Police: Body found in freezer at southwest Missouri home

Nov. 13, 2019 2:55 PM EST

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Police say they are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a freezer at a home in southwestern Missouri. The Joplin Globe reports that Joplin police learned of the body Monday while investigating an arson case at a neighboring property. Police said in a statement...

Man accused in 9 arson deaths set for competency hearing

Nov. 13, 2019 11:14 AM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of killing nine neighbors in two arson fires is set for another competency hearing. A judge on Tuesday set a Dec. 19 competency hearing for Stanley Ford. WKYC-TV reports Ford told the judge Tuesday he doesn’t see a need for a competency hearing. The 60-year-old...

Authorities ID 2nd man fatally stabbed before home set afire

Nov. 12, 2019 2:54 PM EST

JAMESBURG, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a second man who they say was stabbed to death inside a New Jersey home last week before it was set on fire, allegedly by the son of one of the victims. Middlesex County prosecutors on Tuesday identified Gregory Fischer as one of the men killed...