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Police: Person fatally shot, house set on fire

Oct. 25, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) — A person was fatally shot at a Seaford-area house that was then set on fire early Sunday, according to Delaware State Police. Police said the Seaford Fire Department responded to a house fire call shortly after 2 a.m. at a residence on Hastings...

Canadian man pleads guilty in Bismarck slaying

Oct. 23, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian man facing the possibility of life in prison for the death of a Bismarck man two years ago has entered into a plea agreement that would send him to prison for 25 years. The Bismarck Tribune reports Earl Howard, 43, of Bellwood, Ontario,...

Reward offered after string of northern Indiana barn arsons

Oct. 23, 2021 09:51 AM EDT

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A reward is being offered as investigators try to find whoever has set at least a dozen barn fires at northern Indiana farms this year. The Farm Bureau groups in Elkhart, Kosciusko, St. Joseph and Marshall counties created a $10,000 reward fund...

3 teens accused of setting fire facing felony murder charge

Oct. 22, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Three teenagers accused of starting a fatal apartment building fire have been charged with felony murder, officials said. Two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old were charged last month with arson, but those charges have been upgraded to felony murder,...

Elkhart woman charged in May house fire that killed 2 people

Oct. 22, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman has been charged with allegedly setting a May house fire that killed a man and an 8-year-old boy. Genessa Jones of Elkhart appeared for an initial hearing Thursday where she was formally charged with two counts of causing a...

5-year sentence given in central Louisiana strip mall arson

Oct. 22, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A man who set two fires at a central Louisiana strip mall has been sentenced to five years in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. Jasmine Roberson of Baton Rouge was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell. Court records show...

Terre Haute man gets 70 years for fire that killed brother

Oct. 22, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Terre Haute man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for starting an apartment fire that killed his brother, who rushed into the building in an apparent attempt to warn residents about the fire. After Thursday's sentencing, Samuel E. Haney...

North Carolina man charged after three killed in house fire

Oct. 21, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been charged with murder and arson in connection with the discovery of three bodies after a house fire, a sheriff's office said Thursday. Corey Alexander Cook, 21, was arrested by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office...

Tennessee man pleads guilty in series of church fires

Oct. 20, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man pleaded guilty Wednesday to civil rights violations for setting fires at four churches, prosecutors said. Alan Douglas Fox, 28, of Nashville, admitted during the plea hearing that he intentionally set the fires because of the...

Navy details changes, more oversight in wake of warship fire

Oct. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a year after arson destroyed a Navy warship, service leaders said Wednesday they are making changes and increasing oversight to correct widespread failures that led to the scrapping of the USS Bonhomme Richard. “I see the loss of the...