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Man pleads guilty to setting fires in California forest

May. 23, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who set nearly a dozen wildfires in a Northern California national forest pleaded guilty Monday to being a serial arsonist. Eric Michael Smith, 41, of Redding, entered guilty pleas to four counts of arson in a federal court in Sacramento but...

Police: Atlanta pastor killed by man she was helping

May. 22, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man stabbed and killed a pastor who was ministering to him in his Georgia home, then put her body in a van and set it on fire, police said. The Rev. Marita Harrell, 57, was a wife and mother of two and went into the ministry later in life. She was a senior pastor...

Man gets 24 years in prison for fire that killed 12 condors

May. 19, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter was sentenced to 24 years in state prison, prosecutors said. Ivan Gomez, 31, was sentenced Wednesday by a Monterey County judge for setting the...

20 years after spate of hospital deaths, ex-worker accused

May. 19, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

In the five months that Jennifer Anne Hall was a respiratory therapist at Hedrick Medical Center, the rural Missouri hospital experienced 18 “code blue” incidents — an alarming increase in sudden cardiac arrest events for a hospital that historically averaged one of them a year, according to...

California tree trimmer guilty in deadly throat-slashings

May. 18, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A tree trimmer in rural Northern California was found guilty in a series of throat-slashing attacks that left three people dead, prosecutors announced Wednesday. A jury in Butte County on Tuesday found Ryan Scott Blinston, 37, guilty of murder, attempted...

Arson probe after 14 homes being built in Marana destroyed

May. 17, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in the Tucson suburb of Marana are investigating whether a fire that destroyed 14 homes under construction homes was arson. Marana police officials said the fire started late Friday night. By the time crews from the Northwest Fire...

Chillicothe police: Man dies after setting himself on fire

May. 12, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — A man is dead after he doused himself with liquid and set himself on fire after being stopped by police for erratic driving, Chillicothe police said. Police said in a news release the events began Wednesday evening when people reported a man was approaching...

1 person killed in 3 apparently connected fires in Missouri

May. 11, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

POLO, Mo. (AP) — The death of an elderly woman in one of three fires near a small northwest Missouri town is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said. Caldwell County Sheriff Mitchell Allen said Lorene Fickess, 96, died in a fire reported about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home...

Man sentenced to 11 years for arson that damaged 14 homes

May. 11, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man charged with setting an arson fire in the southwest part of the state that damaged more than a dozen properties has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Michael Bakkela, 43, was sentenced this week after pleading no contest to first-degree arson,...

Sri Lanka orders troops to shoot those involved in violence

May. 10, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's defense ministry ordered security forces on Tuesday to shoot anyone causing injury to people or property to contain widespread arson and mob violence targeting government supporters. The order came after violent clashes a day earlier left eight...