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Private security patrols to begin near University of Oregon

Jan. 19, 2020 10:02 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Victimized by an attempted arson and break-ins, a local business owner and more than a half-dozen sororities near the University of Oregon campus are splitting the cost for unarmed security patrols. The patrols are in response to increasing concerns about lawlessness, including among...

Judge: Man accused in arson deaths competent to stand trial

Jan. 15, 2020 2:33 PM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A judge ruled that an Ohio man accused of killing nine neighbors in two arson fires is competent to stand trial. The judge in Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron, Ohio, made the ruling Tuesday at a hearing for Stanley Ford. The 60-year-old Akron man, who has pleaded not guilty to...

Police: Woman tried to light explosive device in Walmart

Jan. 14, 2020 2:52 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A woman tried to build an explosive device inside a Walmart store in Florida, authorities said. Emily Stallard was charged with attempted arson of a structure, fire bombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and battery on an officer, the Hillsborough County...

Man gets life in prison for setting truck afire, killing 2

Jan. 14, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A homeless man convicted of setting a delivery truck afire, killing two transients who had been sleeping inside, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday. John De St. Croix argued with one of the victims before the fire was set, and surveillance video placed him at the scene in March...

Man found guilty of setting deputy on fire gets 16 years

Jan. 13, 2020 4:00 PM EST

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — A man found guilty of setting an Ohio sheriff's deputy on fire while authorities were trying to arrest him was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison. Jay Brannon, 45, pleaded guilty last week in Portage County to charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated arson and felonious...

This image provided by the Office of the South Carolina Solicitor shows Marissa Cohen. Cohen, a mother in South Carolina has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for arranging a fire at her mobile home to get insurance money and killing her son, who she did not know was inside. (Office of the South Carolina Solicitor via AP)

Mom gets 35 years for insurance fire mistake that kills son

Jan. 10, 2020 4:12 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — A mother in South Carolina has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for arranging a fire at her mobile home to get insurance money and killing her son, who she did not know was inside. The older brother of the boy is already serving 16 years in prison for the revenge killing of the...

In this photo provided by the municipality of Moravce, wooden sculpture resembling U.S. president Trump is on fire, in Moravce, Slovenia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. The wooden nearly eight-meter high (26 feet) statue mocking U.S. President Donald Trump that was constructed last year, has been destroyed by fire in the homeland of his wife Melania Trump. (Municipality of Moravce via AP)

Statue mocking Donald Trump torched in Slovenia

Jan. 9, 2020 8:36 AM EST

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A wooden statue mocking U.S. President Donald Trump was burned to the ground Thursday in Slovenia, the birthplace of his wife Melania, authorities said. The nearly eight-meter (26-foot) high construction, erected last year in a village in northeast of Slovenia, showed Trump with...

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by The Wyandott County Detention Center is Ismael Caballero in Kansas City, Kan. A capital murder charge was filed Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, against Caballero who is suspected of setting a fire in Kansas that killed his estranged girlfriend and two of her children. Caballero also was charged with second-degree murder and arson in the Dec. 30, 2019, fire that killed 32-year-old Yazmine Rodriguez-Santilla, 14-year-old Amerikha Rodriguez and 10-year-old Jean Carlos Rodriguez at their home, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said. (Wyandott County Detention Center via AP, File)

Capital murder charge filed in Kansas fire that killed 3

Jan. 8, 2020 7:16 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A capital murder charge was filed Wednesday against a man suspected of setting a fire in Kansas that killed his estranged girlfriend and two of her children. Ismael Caballero also was charged with second-degree murder and arson in the Dec. 30 fire that killed 32-year-old Yazmine...

Man pleads guilty to setting sheriff's deputy on fire

Jan. 7, 2020 4:58 PM EST

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of igniting a container of flammable liquid and throwing it at a sheriff's deputy who was badly burned pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted murder. Jay Brannon, 45, will face 16 years in prison when he's sentenced next week. Officers were serving felony warrants on...

Several people were found dead after an explosion on Wednesday ignited a fire in a home in Columbus, Ohio, seen Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Authorities in Columbus say homicide detectives are investigating the Wednesday evening blast because the cause remains unclear. (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

2-year-old among 3 dead after residential explosion and fire

Jan. 2, 2020 3:58 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 2-year-old girl and two adults were found dead after an explosion ignited a fire at an Ohio home, police said Thursday. The cause of Wednesday evening's blast in a neighborhood several miles southeast of downtown Columbus remains unclear, so homicide detectives are investigating,...