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Man pleads guilty to starting St. Paul warehouse fire

May. 27, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Golden Valley man has pleaded guilty to starting a fire that consumed four vacant warehouses in St. Paul last year. The Pioneer Press reported Thursday that 19-year-old Luis Adrian Rodriguez was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation after entering...

Man admits hate crime after setting fire outside Seattle bar

May. 26, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 25-year-od man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal hate crime for setting a fire outside a Seattle nightclub called Queer/Bar. Kalvinn Garcia, of Sedro Woolley, was arrested minutes after setting fire to the contents of a dumpster in...

Police suspect arson in fire at Wyoming abortion clinic site

May. 25, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An abortion clinic set to open next month in conservative Wyoming was damaged in a fire early Wednesday that police believe was deliberately set — possibly by someone seen running away from the building carrying what appeared to be a gas can and a bag. The...

Man sentenced to life in deaths of Missouri mother, daughter

May. 24, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — A Camdenton man has been sentenced to two life terms in prison without parole for shooting a woman and her daughter after a long dispute over the daughter's sexual orientation. Steven Endsley, 59, was sentenced Monday in the deaths of Danielle M. Smith, 27,...

Arizona court upholds man's convictions, death sentences

May. 24, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a man's convictions and death sentences in the 2012 killing of his nine-months pregnant girlfriend who was bound, handcuffed and gagged when her partially burned body was found in a bed by firefighters responding to an apartment fire. ...

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...