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Police investigate Illinois Planned Parenthood fire as arson

Jan. 17, 2023 16:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A fire at a central Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic is being investigated as arson, Peoria police said Tuesday, just days after the state enacted sweeping abortion protections. Officers responded to a report of an “unknown person throwing a Molotov cocktail”...

Woman gets house arrest in northern Indiana barn fires case

Jan. 03, 2023 15:15 PM EST

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A woman who pleaded guilty to arson for allegedly helping her boyfriend set fire to several barns in northern Indiana was sentenced Tuesday to eight years on house arrest. An Elkhart County judge gave Sherry Thomas a 10-year sentence, with eight years to be...

Washington man indicted in fires at Jehovah's Witness halls

Dec. 14, 2022 17:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state man who is already in federal custody on weapons and hate crime charges has been indicted in a series of arsons at Jehovah's Witness kingdom halls, authorities announced Wednesday. Seattle U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said in a news release that the...

Guilty plea on hate, arson charges in Islamic center fire

Dec. 13, 2022 19:13 PM EST

CAPE GIRARDEU, Mo. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to hate crime and arson charges for setting a fire that destroyed an Islamic center in southeast Missouri two years ago, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday. Nicholas John Proffitt, 44, entered the plea in the case of...

Nevadan who served time for arson facing bomb threat charge

Dec. 13, 2022 17:38 PM EST

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A 57-year-old Nevada man who served jail time on an arson charge in Elko five years ago has been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat in Wendover. Shane A. Johnson of West Wendover was arrested Dec. 5 after he allegedly told police who confronted him...

Chicago's homeless 'Walking Man' dies after May arson attack

Dec. 12, 2022 14:21 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A homeless man who became known as Chicago's “Walking Man" because he was frequently seen walking the city's downtown streets has died months after being set on fire as he slept. Joseph Kromelis, 75, died Sunday evening after being hospitalized since he was...

Edwards visits church rebuilt after 2019 arson

Dec. 09, 2022 13:25 PM EST

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards sounded themes of gratitude, resilience and compassion during a visit to a church building that was rebuilt after being destroyed by an arsonist three years ago. Edwards visited Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in St. Landry Parish...

Anarchists claim Athens arson attack on Italian embassy car

Dec. 08, 2022 09:53 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A little-known Greek anarchist group has claimed responsibility for an arson attack on an Italian diplomat’s car at her home in Athens. In a statement posted on a far-left website Thursday, a group calling itself “Revenge Cell Carlo Giuliani” said it...

Greece: Police officer appears in court over teen shooting

Dec. 06, 2022 15:27 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Clashes broke out Tuesday at a police station outside Greece's second-largest city of Thessaloniki as residents of a nearby Roma settlement protested the police shooting of a teenage driver during a chase over an unpaid gas station bill. Protesters...

Greece: Italian embassy vehicle destroyed in firebombing

Dec. 02, 2022 14:55 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An overnight arson attack destroyed a car used by a senior official at the Italian embassy in Athens, an incident that authorities in Greece and Italy strongly condemned Friday. Italian Prime Minister Premier Giorgia Meloni offered solidarity to the diplomat...