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Girl, 12, suspected of setting fires in Berkeley hillside

Jun. 12, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl was arrested and taken to juvenile custody on suspicion of setting four fires in the leafy hillsides above Berkeley on Friday, police said. The fires broke out within blocks from one another during the course of the day, when...

Homeless man charged with arson and murder in woman's death

Jun. 06, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A homeless man has been charged with murder and arson in the death of a Maryland woman whose body was found inside a burning house in Salisbury last month. Delaware State News reports that Kenneth Glenn Evans, 43, is being held without bond in...

Arson suspected in Idaho theme park roller coaster fire

Jun. 06, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

ATHOL, Idaho (AP) — Authorities suspect an arsonist set a wooden roller coaster on fire in an overnight blaze at a northern Idaho theme park. The Kootenai Sheriff's Office responded to the Silverwood Theme Park near the town of Athol at about 1:30 am Saturday to find...

Meet Tony, the good boy investigating arson across Tennessee

Jun. 06, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tony is an unusual dog. He never eats his food out of a bowl, always feeding from his human’s hand. He has a distinct physical appearance, having lost part of his tail as a puppy. And he’s an accelerant detection dog, working with his handler,...

Man pleads guilty to setting fire to Shakespearean theater

Jun. 05, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a renown Shakespearean theater and several other structures in four towns. Christopher Sakowicz, 20, of Stratford, faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to arson charges Friday in...

Sentence OK'd in 2008 fire that killed Michigan firefighter

Jun. 05, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — After five trips to the Michigan appeals court, a prison sentence for a fire that killed a Detroit firefighter might be settled 13 years later. The court on Thursday affirmed a 30-year sentence for Mario Willis, who was convicted of second-degree murder...

Police: Attempted arson attack on synagogue in Germany

Jun. 05, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police are appealing for witnesses after a man allegedly tried to set fire to a synagogue in the southern city of Ulm early Saturday. Ulm police said the man was spotted pouring a bottle of liquid onto a synagogue wall and setting it alight. A witness...

Firefighter kills colleague, wounds another at fire station

Jun. 01, 2021 23:10 PM EDT

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — An off-duty Los Angeles County firefighter fatally shot a fellow firefighter and wounded another at their small community fire station Tuesday before going to his nearby home, setting it on fire and apparently killing himself, authorities said. ...

Juvenile facing charges in Yavapai County golf course fire

May. 30, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy is facing multiple felony charges after a fire caused more than $30,000 worth of damage at a defunct golf course near Camp Verde, according to authorities. Yavapai County Sheriff's officials said Copper Canyon and U.S. Forest...

Trial date set for 1 woman accused in fire that killed 4

May. 30, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — One of the women accused of setting a fire that killed a Louisiana woman and her three granddaughters now has a trial date. Tamielya Alis Brevelle, 31, will face trial on a first-degree murder charge on Nov. 29. The Town Talk reported. ...