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    A pair of Delaware County brothers were indicted on federal charges when authorities discovered that the pair set fire to their restaurant after buying a $750,000 fire insurance policy only two weeks prior to the blaze, officials announced. Imad Dawara, 40, of Swathmore, and Bahaa Dawara, 32, of Woodlyn, admitted to planning and causing the arson of their business, RCL Management LLC in Philadelphia a little more than three years ago on February 18, 2018, and to evading the assessment of their income tax liabilities from 2015 to 2017, Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said Thursday. The brothers owned and operated various restaurants and entertainment establishments in Philadelphia, including a restaurant and hookah lounge at 239-241 Chestnut Street, from around December 2012 until February 18, 2018, Williams said. The pair were financially struggling with their Chestnut Street business and had a years-long history of fighting with their landlord, the indictment...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two brothers admitted in court Thursday to setting fire to their hookah lounge as they struggled with business losses, causing more than $20 million to a retail block in the city's historic area. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Imad Dawara, of Swarthmore, and 40-year-old Bahaa Dawara, of Woodlyn, had taken out $750,000 in insurance weeks earlier. The February 2018 fire burned for nine hours and left the block of restaurants, retail stores and apartments in Old City shuttered for months. Approximately 160 people were displaced, and a few of the businesses never reopened. The Dawaras, who used gasoline to start the blaze, would serve nine years in prison and pay $22 million in restitution under terms of the plea agreements entered Thursday. Their sentencing is set for June. U.S. District Judge Juan Sánchez expressed concern about their ability to pay such a “staggering” sum, but the brothers insisted...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Three men are facing federal arson charges, after authorities say they set a Chicago Transit Authority van on fire during the widespread civil unrest in the city last May. According to the indictment, 24-year-old Denzal Stewart, 23-year-old Lamar Taylor, and 19-year-old Darion Lindsey destroyed a CTA van by setting it on fire on May 30. READ MORE: Scathing Inspector Generals Report Says CPD Was Unprepared, Disorganized, And Without A Plan During Civil Unrest In Wake Of George Floyd Protests In Chicago The indictment does not state where the incident took place, but widespread looting, arson, and violence erupted downtown on that evening in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The unrest later spread to the city’s neighborhoods over the span of the next few days. READ MORE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Stands By CPD Supt. David Brown In Wake Of Scathing Report On...
    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida woman who set fire last fall to 10 garbage trucks outside a solid waste business where she worked has been arrested, authorities said. Saprell Frazier, 43, was taken into custody during a traffic stop Friday in Pompano Beach, a day after being placed under surveillance, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report. She was charged with one count of burglary with structural damage and 11 counts of second-degree arson. According to a news release, surveillance video from the early morning hours of Oct. 18 shows a person in a garbage bag suit and goggles break into the Waste Pro compound in Pompano Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale. Investigators said the intruder torched the gate before walking around the compound and setting fire to multiple trucks. Before leaving, the person opened a door to the building and placed a bottle containing a...
    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida woman who set fire last fall to 10 garbage trucks outside a solid waste business where she worked has been arrested, authorities said. Saprell Frazier, 43, was taken into custody during a traffic stop Friday in Pompano Beach, a day after being placed under surveillance, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report. She was charged with one count of burglary with structural damage and 11 counts of second-degree arson. According to a news release, surveillance video from the early morning hours of Oct. 18 shows a person in a garbage bag suit and goggles break into the Waste Pro compound in Pompano Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale. Investigators said the intruder torched the gate before walking around the compound and setting fire to multiple trucks. Before leaving, the person opened a door to the building and placed a bottle containing...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Coral Springs Police are looking for the man who set fire to an elderly couple’s home over the weekend. Surveillance video shows a man in black shorts and a black shirt walk up to the Coral Springs home around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday. The video shows the man carrying a red gas canister, which he used to set a corner of the home’s garage on fire. READ MORE: Keep Wearing Masks: COVID Vaccine Can Protect You But You Are Not Immune “It’s ridiculous that somebody would even attempt to do that,” said Marc Schecter, whose parents were asleep inside the home when the fire started. The couple is in their 70s and told police they’ve lived in their Coral Springs home for more than 30 years. The family has no idea who would do this but said it’s not the first incident at their...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A 36-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly setting her own car ablaze and also at least four arson fires, two that damaged homes, across the Sonoma Valley. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said Renee Ruth Fitzhugh was being held in county jail on arson and probation violations charges. Investigators said that around 12:30 p.m. Thursday deputies were called to 18800 block of Polley Lane in the unincorporated community of El Verano on a report of a vehicle on fire. Deputies arrived on scene and found a Honda Accord fully engulfed in flames. They recognized the vehicle as belonging to Fitzhugh, who was contacted and detained. The Sonoma Valley Fire Department responded and determined the vehicle had deliberately been set on fire. After interviewing several witnesses, deputies believed Fitzhugh was responsible for burning her own vehicle as well as additional fires that had occurred...
    Two American fugitives were arrested in Mexico for setting a high school and Goodwill on fire, officials announced Thursday in a press release. Mexican authorities arrested 34-year-old Jose Angel Felan Jr. and 22-year-old Mena Dhaya Yousif on Monday over immigration violations, United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced in a United States Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota press release. The two were arrested after the U.S. Marshals Service discovered where they were. (RELATED: Arson Experts Arrive In Minnesota To Investigate Fires Set During Riots) “Thanks to the skilled investigative work of the ATF and the tireless apprehension efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service these two defendants, who have been on the run for more than eight months, will be returned to Minnesota to face justice,” MacDonald said in the press release. Flames rise from a liquor store near the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo...
    President Joe Biden claimed Tuesday he will break 100 million COVID vaccine shots in 100 days after he was criticized for setting a low ball target.  'Before I took office, I set a big goal of administering 100 million shots in the first 100 days. With the progress we're making I believe we'll not only reach that, we'll break it,' Biden wrote on Twitter.  Biden has longed talked about 100 million shots in the arm in his first 100 days as president.  But some experts have called his goal conservative. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as chief medical adviser to the president, has predicted that any American who wants the vaccine will have access to it by spring. 'By the time we get to April, that will be what I would call, for better wording, 'open season,' Fauci said last week on NBC's 'Today Show.' 'Namely, virtually everybody and anybody in any...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — One person was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of breaking into an office building in North Hills and setting a fire. The fire was reported at film processing business in the 16600 block of West Schoenborn Street at about 2:40 a.m. Firefighters were able to have the flames out within a half hour. RELATED: Santa Ana Police Officer Beats COVID-19, Goes Home After 52 Days In Intensive Care (credit: CBS) The fire burned furniture on the second floor and possibly in the attic. RELATED: LIVE UPDATES: Dems To Conclude Arguments In Trump Impeachment Trial A man was taken into custody at the scene for possibly breaking into the building and setting the fire. He was not identified. MORE: Disney Fires ‘Mandalorian’ Star Gina Carano Over Abhorrent Social Media Posts Arson investigators were on the scene.
    LAKEWOOD, Colo (CBS4) — The first officer on scene saw an orange glow coming from the front window. When he looked in, he saw a man standing in front of a fire corner of the apartment’s main room. The man was adding objects to the fire and it was rapidly growing. That man, Daniel McWhinney, 48, now sits in the Jefferson County Detention Facility facing felony charges for arson and criminal mischief. Daniel McWhinney (credit: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office) People calling into 9-1-1 at 12:30 a.m. told dispatchers a man inside the apartment at 1415 Harlan Street “was throwing things, talking about getting shot, and saying he was going to kill people,” according to case documents obtained by CBS4. Lakewood Police Department Agent Joshua Guerra was the first of the first responders to get there. In the arrest affidavit, Guerra described evacuating McWhinney and the other people in the rear...
    PASADENA (CBSLA) — A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting fire to Kathleen’s Restaurant in Pasadena. Security footage from the scene showed two men outside the restaurant moments before smoke and flames were seen coming out of the restaurant’s front door. (CBSLA) It happened in the early morning hours when good Samaritan Michael Shook was heading to work. “I noticed that the bushes were on fire in front of the restaurant,” he said. “I kind of did a double-take.” Shook said he saw a man rummaging about in the area, but he wasn’t sure what he was doing. Security footage from the scene showed two men outside the restaurant moments before smoke and flames were seen coming out of the restaurant’s front door. “I was literally shell-shocked,” Kathleen Meymarian, the restaurant’s owner, said. “We came right over as soon as we heard and we just were looking at...
    An armed Bronx man barricaded himself inside his apartment, fired at cops through his front door and set a blaze inside the building during a lengthy standoff with police Wednesday. Samuel Foster, 39, allegedly fired six shots at police when they tried to enter his University Heights apartment — with three bullets striking a police ballistics shield, police sources said. He surrendered to cops on his fire escape around 1 p.m. — nearly one and a half hours after police responded to the scene on a call of an emotionally disturbed person. Foster was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon, the sources said. They said he was taken to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. “The whole building was flooded with cops,” said witness Julian Ramirez, 30, who said he was visiting a friend in the building. ...
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    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD. (WJZ) — A 23-year-old woman is charged after deputy state fire marshals say she intentionally set a mattress on fire in the basement of a Havre De Grace home in July 2020. Susquehanna Hose Company responded to the 100 block of Anderson Lane at 2:40 a.m. on July 5, 2020. They got to the one-story single-family home and found all of the people inside had safely exited. When they went inside, they found a mattress was on fire in the basement. They quickly extinguished the fire and no one was injured. Havre De Grace Police were requested to the scene because of a domestic dispute between the suspect, Alyssa O’Brien, and the owner’s adult son. Investigators learned the fire was set on purpose and found O’Brien to be responsible. Credit: Havre De Grace Police Department The home sustained around $500 in damages. O’Brien is charged with...
    MARILYN Manson admitted he plotted to murder his ex-lover by setting her on fire and only abandoned the plan when a witness spotted him on the scene.  On Monday, five women, including ex-fiancee and actress Evan Rachel Wood, came forward to accuse Marilyn, 52, of abuse.  11Marilyn Manson 'bragged' about plotting to murder an ex-lover in his 1998 memoir Credit: Getty Images - Getty 11Marilyn's ex-fiancee Evan Rachel Wood was one of five women who came forward on Monday to accuse him of abuse Credit: Getty Images - Getty Decades before the allegations, the singer revealed in his 1998 autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, that he devised a murder plot against a former flame to get revenge after their nasty breakup.  In an excerpt from the memoir exclusively obtained by The Sun, Marilyn, whose real name is Brian Warner, wrote about Nancy, who he claimed “pushed herself into...
    PHOENIX (AP) — A man has been arrester after allegedly lighting a seat on a city bus on fire, according to Phoenix police. They said 36-year-old Charles Ortiz has been booked into jail on suspicion of one count of arson of an occupied structure and one count of endangerment. According to court documents, Ortiz boarded the city bus about 11 a.m. last Saturday and was one of 16 passengers on board. The driver stopped the bus after he smelled smoke and saw that Ortiz was smoking a cigarette. When Ortiz refused to get off the bus, the driver called police. Arriving officers saw that the seat next to Ortiz had been burned. Police watched the surveillance video from the bus and it allegedly showed Ortiz putting a pile of papers onto the seat next to him, squirting them with hand sanitizer and lighting them on fire. It was unclear Monday...
    A teenage girl who had argued with staff members at a youth treatment center in Pasadena admitted later setting a fire that left the building uninhabitable, a city spokeswoman said. The fire at Victor Treatment Centers at 500 S. Oakland Ave. was reported at 4:37 p.m. Thursday. The flames were mostly confined to the upstairs bedroom where the fire started, a news release said. The fire was put out in 17 minutes after firefighters arrived. A 16-year-old girl who lived there admitted to police that she made threats against employees after an argument and started the fire, city spokesman Lisa Derderian said on Saturday, Jan. 30. The girl was arrested on suspicion of arson. No injuries were reported, and the residents were moved to other facilities. No damage estimate was available. Victor Treatment Centers helps girls ages 13-18 and adult non-dependent girls ages 18 and 19 with social and other...
    Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel slammed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday, calling his actions "disgraceful" after a report from the state’s Democratic attorney general found that the number of nursing home residents who died with COVID-19 last year may have been up to 50% higher than initial reports. On Fox & Friends", Siegel added that nursing homes are "never really the right place" to treat the infectious disease because a lack of knowledge, personal protective equipment and testing meant that readmitting nursing home patients into facilities was like "tinder," akin to "setting a fire" in terms of how fast the virus was allowed to spread.  NEW YORK NURSING HOME DEATHS TOPPED 12K, CUOMO HEALTH CHIEF REVEALS Siegel asserted that the Javits Center or hospital ships placed off the east coast would have been a "perfect place" to put patients due to their larger capacities and ability...
    NEVADA CITY (CBS13) – The Nevada City Police Department confirmed Thursday that the suspected arsonist accused of setting a century-old home and nearby office building on fire was a transient of the area. Nathan Daniel Tomlinson, 32, was taken into custody on multiple charges including arson. According to the Nevada City Fire Department, crews responded to the fire ar around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday along Broad Street across the street from city hall. The department said the home was about 75% involved in the flames upon arrival and the office building sustained heavy smoke and water damage from the firefight. More from CBS Sacramento: Blue Shield Of California And Kaiser Tapped To Speed Up State Vaccines Victim In Deadly Interstate 80 Road Rage Attack Mourned By Friends Body Of 24-Year-Old Woman Found In Fairfield Parking Lot, Investigation Underway
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two men pleaded guilty this week to starting a fire in Target’s headquarters in Minneapolis last August when rioting broke out downtown after rumor spread that police fatally shot a Black man. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota says 24-year-old Shador Jackson, of Richfield, and 34-year-old Leroy Williams, of Minneapolis, each pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit arson in connection to the unrest on Nicollet Mall on Aug. 26. On that day, the unrest was sparked after a homicide suspect fatally shot himself on Nicollet Mall as police were closing in on him. With the death of George Floyd fresh in the city’s memory, rumor quickly spread that police had killed the man. Rioting and looting then broke out downtown before police released a video showing the man shooting himself. RELATED: Three Charged With Arson During...
    Deputies took a man into custody on Monday for allegedly setting fire to Oakland Park City Hall over the weekend, NBC 6 South Florida reported. A man is facing an arson charge in connection with a fire at Oakland Park City Hall over the weekend https://t.co/gS0oHOfITy — NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) January 25, 2021 Officials arrested and charged Elvis Thomas Ford, 37, for second-degree arson, NBC 6 South Florida reported. According to authorities, Ford, the suspect, lit a piece of paper and placed it inside a plastic box attached to the building, the local outlet reported. The fire melted the box and spreading flames damaged the building near its entrance, the outlet reported. The fire was reported at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to NBC 6 South Florida. The owner of a nearby restaurant said he put out the flames with a fire extinguisher after noticing the fire,...
    A Queens restaurant owner was busted for starting several small fires in his own eatery — likely due to financial woes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to officials and sources. Asif Raja, 54, of New Jersey, allegedly used a flammable liquid to set multiple fires inside the Ignited Restaurant & Lounge on Steinway Street restaurant near 30th Avenue in Astoria the night of Aug. 4, officials said Sunday. Video released by the FDNY shows Raja climbing a ladder and lighting a fire on the ceiling of the eatery. He is also seen pouring the liquid on tables and chairs, setting them ablaze. He ran off after the incident. Firefighters responded to a report of a “gas odor” inside the restaurant around 10:15 p.m., at which time the building’s sprinkler system had already extinguished the flames. No firefighters or civilians were hurt. Fire marshals determined that the fire was suspicious — and Raja was busted following an extensive...
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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey man is under arrest on federal arson charges for allegedly staring a fire inside a Queens restaurant. Authorities say 54-year-old Asif Raja used a flammable liquid to set multiple fires last August in the restaurant on Steinway Street. The sprinkler system kept the flames from spreading, but fire marshal’s deemed it suspicious and started investigating. Authorities have not specified what the motive might have been. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Brooklyn Building Manager Arrested After FDNY Finds Over 900 Propane Cylinders Stacked In Warehouse Gov. Cuomo Urges New Yorkers To Get COVID Vaccine: ‘We’ll Make It Accessible, But We Need You To Accept It’ Harlem Community Gathers Together To Show Support For Victim Of Brutal Attack Outside Liquor Store
    Five children found shot to death after a house fire last year in West Virginia were killed by their mother, who then killed herself, officials said Thursday. “Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan revealed details of the shootings and fire last Dec. 8 at a news conference,” the Associated Press (AP) reported. Sloan said 25-year-old Oreanna Antoinette Myers shot her three kids and two stepchildren at their home near Williamsburg, adding that the children’s ages ranged from one to seven. Their bodies were discovered inside the home, while Myers’ body was found outside, the article continued: Myers’ husband stayed with relatives instead of at home during the work week due to transportation issues, Sloan said. Text messages between Myers and her husband showed that his absence during the week had been “a tremendous source of contention” between them. Sloan said he was unaware of whether the woman was under treatment for...
    A West Virginia woman killed five young children before setting her home on fire and fatally shooting herself in December, authorities announced Thursday.  Fire crews in Williamsburg responded to a house fire just before 4 p.m on Dec. 8, Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan said during a news conference. The body of Oreanna Myers, 25, was found next to a picnic table near the home. A gun was recovered beside her and she had a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. In the driveway of the home was a vehicle with three handwritten letters inside a ziplock bag.  One of the letters was titled: "My Confession."  "I had shot all boys in the head. I had set house on fire. I had shot myself in the head," the letter read, according to Sloan. "I’m sorry mental health is serious. I hope one day someone will help others like me. Mental health is not to joke about...
    BELL GARDENS, Calif. (KABC) -- An arsonist accused of setting several cars on fire is now behind bars.Bell Gardens police arrested 37-year old Eddie Arevalo Sunday morning.They say he was spotted pouring gasoline over the cars and lighting them on Ira Avenue around 7 a.m. Sunday.He ran off, but witnesses called police.Officers searched the area and found him hiding in a shed on a nearby property.He's due in court on Tuesday.
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The ex-partner of Norway’s former justice minister was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in jail Friday for setting a fire outside the politician’s home and other threatening behavior. The Oslo District Court found Laila Bertheussen guilty of setting fire to a garbage container and scrawling graffiti that included the word “racist” and a swastika on the Oslo home of then-Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara in 2018 and 2019. She also was found guilty of writing Wara a threatening letter. Bertheussen, 55, also was found guilty of making threats against other peoples. Throughout her trial, she pleaded innocent and argued that Norway’s domestic security agency had conducted a one-sided investigation. Presiding Judge Yngvild Thue rejected the defense argument, saying the court found the investigation to have been exceptionally thorough. Bertheussen was arrested in March 2019. Wara stepped down at the same time because...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — A man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire at her North Lauderdale home has now been charged with murder and arson. It happened Monday, November 2nd, 2020 at the Lauderdale Mobile Home Park at 4313 NW 54th Street. A neighbor heard Aniuska Reguisero-Garces,34, screaming for help and called 911. The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Reguisero-Garces was burned everywhere but the soles of her feet and a spot on her ankle. She was able to tell deputies that her boyfriend, 40-year-old Noe Jimenez-Cortes, had set her on fire, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigators said Jimenez-Cortes poured a flammable liquid on her and lit her on fire with a cigarette. He then took off. He was arrested later that day. During a bond hearing, Broward Assistant State Attorney Alix Buckelew said Jimenez-Cortes had a bus ticket to Mexico when he was arrested. Reguisero-Garces was...
    An Oxon Hill, Maryland, woman intentionally set fire to the bedroom of her apartment, jumped off her balcony, and made no effort to alert the fire department or warn others living in the complex, police said Monday. According to charging documents obtained by WTOP, 41-year-old Quiana Taliaferro, after being read her Miranda rights, “provided a statement confessing to intentionally igniting a fire in the bedroom of her apartment” in the 2100 block of Alice Avenue. Investigator Timothy Ormerod, with the fire marshal’s office, said Taliaferro fled the scene: “After igniting the fire, [Taliaferro] described, in detail, evacuating her apartment by jumping off her balcony and onto the ground below and made no effort to alert — by pulling the fire alarm  — the approximately 30 other occupants of the apartment building, nor did she call 911 to report the fire.” The fire caused about $2 million in damages and displaced...
    WILDWOOD, N.J. (CBS) — A New Year’s celebration nearly ended in tragedy in North Wildwood. Check out the damage caused by fireworks. The homeowner was setting off fireworks when they accidentally started a fire on the porch. No one was hurt, but the fire caused about $5,000 in damage. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM Man Who Spent 28 Years In Prison For Murder He Didn’t Commit Settles With Philadelphia Demonstrators March In South Philly To Protest Cancellation Of 2021 Mummers Parade Man Dies After Shot Multiple Times In Southwest Philadelphia
    A man is being charged for setting three brush fires in late September. Henry P. Dextraze, 66, of New Hampshire, but formerly of Leominster, is believed to have inadvertently started three fires within days of each other this fall, according to the Sentinel and Enterprise. The fires happened on Sept. 20, 22, and 24 with the first two being small and in the Leominster State Forest around Elm Street. The last fire on Sept. 24 lit up an area of Mt. Elam Road in the state forest and went on to consume 3.4 acres in flames. It took firefighters two days to extinguish the fire. Dextraze allegedly told police that he went hiking with a friend on the 22 and lit a campfire, but properly extinguished it. Inconsistencies were noticed in Dextraze’s account of the fires. For example, he said he never saw any firefighters or equipment battling...
    SHIRLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man is accused of murdering someone and setting the body on fire Saturday. Officers were sent to a home on Mastic Boulevard West in Shirley around 2:30 a.m. for a report for a fire in a backyard. Suffolk County police say when they arrived at the scene, they found a body burning on the property. Twenty-year-old Peter Pendzinski, a resident of the home, is facing second-degree murder charges. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries and will be arraigned at a later date. The victim has not yet been identified. Police say an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK New Yorkers Call For President To Sign Latest Coronavirus Stimulus Plan As Unemployment Benefits Run Out ‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It’: Boy On Autism Spectrum Gets Life-Changing...
    A South Carolina man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire has turned himself in after deputies issued a warrant for his arrest. Larry Dean Brown, Jr., 28, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and poured gasoline on her before setting her on fire. His warrant was issued for Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature and Arson -- First Degree. He turned himself in on Sunday. The victim was able to put the fire out by jumping into a bath tub and is expected to survive, according to WHNS, the Fox affiliated TV station in Greenville, South Carolina. SOUTH CAROLINA POLICE OFFICER DODGES BULLETS AFTER TRAFFIC STOP The victim's brother reportedly told police about the incident, which occurred on Dec. 6. After the victim drove herself to the hospital, she was transferred to the Augusta Burn Center. She's experienced permanent scarring and reportedly faces a long road to recovery. According...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – Authorities arrested a man accused of threatening a woman and setting her apartment on fire Saturday morning, the Stockton Police Department said. Harley Lipsett, 40, faces charges of arson, terrorist threats, elder abuse and resisting arrest. Lipsett allegedly was armed with a knife and threatened the woman in her home along the 700 block of North San Joaquin Street in the city’s Civic District. Lipsett was located in front of the woman’s apartment still armed with a kitchen knife refusing to obey commands, police said. Officers said a taser and restraint device were used to take Lipsett into custody. Stockton police said this all happened at around 9:45 a.m. More from CBS Sacramento: Former EDD Employee In Roseville Charged In California’s Unemployment Fraud Investigation California Inmate, James Odle, Dies Naturally After 37 Years On Death Row Sacramento United Way Receives $10 Million Donation From Billionaire...
    As I Lay Dying headman Tim Lambesis is in the hospital after an attempt to start a bonfire left the rocker with burns to 25% of his body. Lambesis, 40, who once spent two years in prison after he tried to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, kept his family and social media followers abreast of his situation on Wednesday. He shared a photo of himself on Instagram all bandaged up while "doing the best" he could "to make a thumbs up" as he headed into surgery to remove the skin doctors were unable to scrub off during his last dressing change. "Keep your head up no matter what!" Lambesis wrote to his nearly 37,000 followers while apologizing "to my friends that I have not had the time to fill in yet on what happened." The Grammy-nominated metal-head explained in writing that "the entire gas cap fell...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) — Three juveniles have been charged with arson after they allegedly set a vacant house on fire in Bridgeville. (Photo Credit: Bridgeville Police/Facebook) Bridgeville police said officials responded July 11 to the house fire on Baldwin Street. The heat and flames caused damage to a neighboring house, and a firefighter was also injured, police say. Law enforcement says three juveniles — ages 14, 14 and 13 — were charged with arson, burglary, causing or risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and unsworn falsification to law enforcement.
    FEDERALSBURG, MD. (WJZ) — A Caroline County woman is charged with intentionally setting fire to her house to pocket the insurance money, Maryland State Fire Marshal officials said Tuesday. The fire, which happened in the early hours of June 15, was reported to 911 by someone passing the house. The fire completely destroyed the house, causing an estimated $215,000 in damages. The owner, 45-year-old Caitlin Hudson, was quickly identified as a suspect, police said. Credit: Office of Maryland State Fire Marshal They learned she intended to make a fraudulent insurance claim after the fire, and may have been living in Delaware when the fire occurred. A Caroline County Grand Jury has indicted her on five charges, including Arson First Degree, Malicious Burning First Degree, Malicious Burning with the Intent to Defraud, False Statements to Insurance and Reckless Endangerment. Hudson was located on December 14 in Selbyville, Delaware. She was extradited...
    Bay City News Service ROHNERT PARK — A man was injured in Rohnert Park on Thursday after reportedly setting a truck and himself on fire. Officers with the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety responded Thursday at 5:14 p.m. to a report of a vehicle on fire in the Rancho Feliz Mobile Home Park. Officers located the truck and the owner and learned the owner had given another man, identified as Jason Bartlett, 47, of Rohnert Park, a ride to the mobile home park. When they arrived there, Bartlett told the man to take him to another location, and when the man refused, Bartlett poured an unknown liquid into the interior of the truck and threatened the owner. The owner still refused, and Bartlett lit a match and set the inside of the truck on fire. The owner jumped out the truck, and it rolled into a pole. Bartlett’s clothes...
    ROHNERT PARK (CBS SF) — A hitchhiker who threatened the driver of a pickup truck in Rohnert Park was seriously injured after setting himself on fire while also setting the truck on fire, police said. The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety said officers received a report of a vehicle on fire at the Rancho Feliz Mobile Home Park on the 6600 block of Redwood Drive at about 5:14 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses also reported that a man got out of the truck with his clothing on fire and ran away, DPS said. Arriving officers and firefighters found the truck which was no longer on fire and the owner, who was not injured. The owner told officers he had given the man a ride to the mobile home park and when they arrived, the hitchhiker told the owner to take him to another location. After the owner refused, the suspect poured...
    You better watch out. Christmas tree-related injuries are on the rise. At least that’s what a survey from LendingTree’s insurance comparison resource ValuePenguin says. According to its survey, 1 in 5 Americans have reportedly been injured while setting up their Christmas tree this year. This number is 122% higher than what ValuePenguin reported last year. AMERICANS INCREASINGLY TURNING TO FRESH CHRISTMAS TREES DURING PANDEMIC: 'IT REALLY IS A MEMORY MAKER' Of those who admitted they have received an injury from a Christmas tree, most were men. One in 5 Americans have reportedly been injured while setting up their Christmas tree this year, according to a ValuePenguin survey. (iStock) And when it comes down to which generation has been hurt the most from a Christmas tree this year, it was largely the whippersnappers getting tree-related boo-boos. Twenty-seven percent of Gen Z said they have been injured followed by 24% of Millennials....
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A 16-year-old student was arrested and charged with arson after intentionally setting a fire at Canyon High School, according to the New Braunfels Fire Department. The fire happened at 4:30 p.m., Thursday at the high school, which is located in the 1500 block of I-35 North. Firefighters said in a Facebook post that the school’s fire alarm system was activated, and there was smoke in one of the school’s hallways upon arrival. As fire crews worked the scene, they found the fire had been coming from the inside of a bathroom in a 55-gallon plastic trash can. The fire had already been extinguished after a staff member used a fire extinguisher. Other school staff members had already evacuated the building, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters then worked to ventilate the hallway and clean up debris from the trash can. No damages to school property were...
    More On: murders Gaming-obsessed dad pleads guilty to shaking infant son to death Court overturns Staten Island man’s double murder conviction Florida man who shot cop dies after being hit 38 times Man charged with killing pregnant woman he met on app A 15-year-old boy is facing a first-degree murder charge for beating an elderly Chicago man with a baseball bat and setting his body on fire, police said. The teen, who was not identified due to his age, was arrested Wednesday on counts of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death in the gruesome attack that claimed the life of Earl Miller, whose beaten and charred body was found in late September next to a home in the city’s Fernwood section, police said Thursday. “No one deserves to die like that at all,” Miller’s niece, Braxton Usher, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I wonder how he was feeling...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Missouri man was sentenced to over seven years in prison Thursday after pleading no contest to setting a fire inside a store at the Westfield Century City mall prompting a mass evacuation last year. Nicholas Kyle Oates, 27, was immediately sentenced to seven years and four months in state prison following his plea to one count each of arson and assault with a firearm, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Nicholas Kyle Oates was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison. (Photo via LAPD) Oates was seen entering the mall armed with a handgun before entering the children’s section of the Amazon store and setting books on fire. He also pulled a handgun on a store employee who confronted him and then lit additional items on fire before fleeing the scene, according to prosecutors. Investigators said Oates was a “disgruntled...
    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two firefighters critically burned while trying to set backfires to slow the spread of a Southern California wildfire in October likely shouldn’t have been there in the first place given the extraordinarily dangerous conditions, according to an investigation of the incident. It appears, but is not certain from the report by the Orange County Fire Authority, that wind-driven embers spreading from the backfires themselves are what trapped the agency's firefighters. It says firefighters left themselves in danger from unburned fuels, increasing erratic winds and frequent spot fires. “Their burnout may have backfired,” said Timothy Ingalsbee, a former federal firefighter who reviewed the report at the request of The Associated Press. “That’s a horrible thought.” The wind was blowing so hard it kept extinguishing the drip torches the crew was using to ignite fires intended to create a wider buffer against the...
    A bird sits on the roof of ancient Basilica Santi Apostoli at dusk next to a large iron cross on May 19, 2019 in Roma, Italy. Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images A 55-year-old man is facing a terroristic threat charge after he was accused of sending alarming emails with "racial, political and religious themes" to a pastor at a Texas church, the San Antonio Express-News reported, citing an arrest affidavit.  William Edward Bender was arrested on Wednesday and held on $15,000 bail, the San Antonio Express-News reported.  "You want priests getting covered in gasoline, and set on fire? Because this is how you get priest covered in gasoline, and set on fire," one email received by the church in November said, according to court records reported by San Antonio's WOAI-TV. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A 55-year-old man was charged with terroristic threat after a local church and...
    Tennessee authorities have arrested an 11-year-old boy for allegedly starting at least three fires at a home in his neighborhood.  According to a statement from the Chattanooga Fire Department's Investigations Division, the boy 'intentionally' started the fires on Monday around 4.10pm at the residence located on Maude Street. Investigators said the juvenile tried to set the house on fire and also caused a car fire.  According to the Chattanooga Fire Department's Investigations Division, the 11-year-old boy 'intentionally' started the fires on Monday around 4.10pm at the residence located on Maude Street As firefighters made their way to the scene, dispatchers advised the crews that 'they would be dealing with a possible vehicle and dumpster fire close to a residence'.  When the first crew arrived, they discovered a fire at the rear of a vehicle parking in the driveway of the home.  A small fire was also located in a trash...
    HOUSTON – Houston police on Monday continued looking for a 60-year-old man who is accused of setting his girlfriend on fire, seriously injuring her. Investigators say that Harold Lynn Celestine got into an argument with his girlfriend, Lasheak Wilborn, around 7 a.m. on Saturday as they visited another person’s home. Police allege that during their fight, Celestine set Wilborn on fire. The person they were visiting, Robbie Hollingsworth, helped Wilborn and put out the fire. Wilborn, 40, was severely burned while Hollingsworth, 56, suffered a minor burn to his shoulder. A person who called the police told dispatch that Wilborn was seen screaming in the street, and that her clothes were melting to her body, according to KPRC, KSAT’s sister station in Houston. Wilborn remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition, according to police. Celestine, who fled the scene, is believed to be driving a gold 2005 Honda Accord, police said....
    FOX 12 STAFF (KPTV) — Two street-racing cars both slammed into a house on the outskirts of Portland and set it on fire, said the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The crash was reported at 1:12 a.m. Monday in a residential block just outside the Beaverton city limits. A Beaverton police officer reported seeing two speeding cars several minutes earlier but could not catch up with them. Both cars — a 2009 Honda Accord and a 2010 Lexus 250 — ran through a T-intersection and hit the house. The Lexus crashed into a front room of the house and the Honda into the garage, hitting an SUV parked inside. A fire apparently started by the impact spread to the living area. The homeowner and her daughter were home but were not injured. The homeowner told FOX 12 that one of their cats was killed and another is missing. Their dog was...
    The NYPD is looking for two teenagers who set fire to five yellow school buses in separate incidents in Brooklyn this month. The pair, a young man and a young woman, have caused no injuries in the series of arsons targeting school buses in Flatbush and East Flatbush, The pair lit buses on fire on Sunday, Nov. 1, Thursday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 19, police said. Filed under arson ,  brooklyn ,  flatbush ,  school buses ,  11/21/20
    The New York City Police Department confirmed on Monday that it is investigating an incident in which a shirtless man jumped on top of an MTA bus with a flame thrower and fired it into the air.  Social media footage was shared from the incident which took place between Putnam Avenue and Franklin Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, at around 5.30pm on November 8.  It showed the man jumping onto the B26 bus, which was carrying more than two dozen passengers, from an ice cream truck and firing off the flamethrower over the gathered crowd while they cheered, shouted and recorded it on their phones.  Scroll down for video  An unidentified shirtless man jumped from an ice cream van to an MTA bus and began to blast a flamethrower in the air as it stopped at an intersection in Brooklyn on November 8 The man jumped from the back...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was charged with aggravated arson Sunday after police said he admitted to starting a fire in the Mallers Building on Jewelers Row downtown. Daniel Nieves, 23, of the Belmont Cragin neighborhood, turned himself in at the Grand Central (25th) District police station around 2:15 p.m. Sunday, police said. He admitted that he started the fire in the Mallers Building at Wabash Avenue and Madison Street, which broke out just after 4 a.m. Thursday, police said. The fire started on the 10th floor of the 23-story building, which houses 180 jewelry shops. Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and were taken to a local hospital while fighting the fire. The day after the fire, security manager Leonard Norah said a suspect was caught on camera. The video showed the suspect entering the building around 2:15 a.m. Thursday and checking in with security. “She asked the gentleman to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 23-year-old man allegedly turned himself in to police after setting fire to a business Thursday in a high-rise on Jeweler's Row in the Loop.Daniel Nieves, 23, was charged with one felony count of aggravated arson, Chicago police said.WATCH: Chicago fire officials give latest on high-rise blazeEMBED More News Videos Chicago fire officials gave the latest on a Loop high-rise fire Thursday morning. Nieves allegedly started a fire at the business in a 22-story commercial building at Wabash and Madison, in Jewelers Row about 3:50 a.m., police said. He walked into the 25th District police station, 5555 W. Grand Ave., later that afternoon to turn himself in, according to police.The high-rise is known as the Mallers Building, located at 5 S. Wabash, and it houses numerous jewelry stores.The fire broke out on the 10th floor. No one was found inside, as firefighters searched the building.The blaze was...
    Genshin Impact’s big 1.1 update added all-new mechanics, characters, and storyline content, which for the most part has been great, except for how the game temporarily made some characters completely unusable. It all has to do with an unfortunate tweak to environmental damage. As the patch notes state, one tweak to the game tried to more properly scale up environmental damage to the player’s world level, which dictates how challenging enemies will be. “Tried” is the operative word here. Players using fire-heavy characters, like Klee or Diluc, soon found out that using their explosive abilities at all would often destroy their HP if not kill them outright, as folks took ambient damage from things like burning grass. “Just fought a downed Ruin Guardian with Klee and she’s almost dead without getting hit,” one player said on Twitter. “My Klee dies without being hit by any enemy because of the...
    A small plane crashed onto a suburban street near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima on Thursday morning. Video from KTLA-TV Channel 5 shows a fiery wreck involving the plane and multiple nearby vehicles in the 10600 block of Sutter Avenue. Officials from the Los Angeles Fire Department are responding to the scene. There was no immediate word on injuries or fatalities. The crash occurred around 11:45 a.m., according to the Fire Department. This is a developing story.
    A MUM lost half her face and needed to be brought back to life four times after a horrific explosion burned 63 per cent of her body. Adriana Lima, 39, said she feared her husband would no longer want to be with her after she suffered horror injuries as she worked as a cleaner. 7Adriana Lima, 39, suffered third-degree burns to more than half of her body in a work accidentCredit: MDWFeatures / @adrisobrevivente 7The brave mum was seriously hurt after a customer turned a gas hob on - moments after she'd used flammable materials on a sofaCredit: MDWFeatures / @adrisobrevivente 7But after considering suicide, she now shares her journey to recovery in social mediaCredit: MDWFeatures / @adrisobrevivente 7The mum says she's always supported by loving husband DavidCredit: MDWFeatures / @adrisobrevivente She was so badly burned she considered suicide - but now shares her journey back to health on social...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Police issued a warning to Park Manor neighborhood residents Monday night after several vacant buildings were set on fire over the past couple of weeks. The fires were deliberately set to damage the vacant properties, police said. They happened at the following times and locations: • At 3:44 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the 6600 block of South Wabash Avenue; • At 5:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the 6600 block of South Michigan Avenue; • At 10:57 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, again in the 6600 block of South Michigan Avenue; • At 10:11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the 6700 block of South Michigan Avenue; • At 12:34 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, yet again the 6600 block of South Michigan Avenue. Police did not have a useful description of a suspect. People are advised to alert their neighbors to these arsons, pay special attention to suspicious...
    WIMBERLY, Texas – A Wimberley man has been arrested and charged with three counts of Felony 2 Arson after setting fire to three vehicles, Hays County officials say. Kirill O. Belchenko, 32, was arrested and booked into the Hays County jail on Sept. 21, following an investigation by the Hays County Fire Marshal and Hays County Sheriff’s Office. Fire Marshal Nathan Mendenhall said the vehicle arson occurred in the 3400 block of Ranch Road 32 on Sept. 21. In a statement, Mendenhall said Belchenko set fire to three of his uncles’ vehicles and also claimed that he placed a pipe bomb on the property. “We were able to secure information from Kirill Belchenko, along with his mother and step-father, that led to the issuance of three arrest warrants for arson of a vehicle,” Mendenhall said. “There was also physical evidence at the scene that was collected and sent to the...
    Broward County Sheriff\s Office Noe Jimenez-Cortes Noe Jimenez-Cortes was arrested on Monday night in North Lauderdale, Florida, and accused by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office of purposefully setting his girlfriend on fire, causing burns to over 99% of her body. The victim, who has not been identified, is not expected to survive her injuries, prosecutors said during Jimenez-Cortes’ bond hearing on Tuesday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. A press release from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office stated that “The preliminary investigation reveals that Jimenez-Cortes poured an accelerant on the victim’s body and ignited the fire with a cigarette.” The sheriff’s office explained that the victim identified the perpetrator to officials responding to the scene and was taken to the hospital, where she remains in critical condition. Jimenez-Cortes, 40, was denied bond and is being held in the Broward County Jail. He faces charges of attempted murder and arson, according...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — A man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire at her North Lauderdale home has been charged with attempted murder and arson. It happened Monday, around 4:30 p.m., at the Lauderdale Mobile Home Park at 4313 NW 54th Street. A neighbor heard the woman screaming for help and called 911. “A lady is screaming outside her house like crazy,” the caller told the 911 operator. “She’s burnt.” The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the woman was burned everywhere but the soles of her feet and a spot on her ankle. She was able to tell deputies that her boyfriend, 40-year-old Noe Jimenez-Cortes, had set her on fire, according to the sheriff’s office. More from CBSMiami.com 2020 General Election Results Daniella Levine Cava Wins Tough Race For Miami-Dade Mayor Over Steve Bovo Republican Carlos Gimenez Defeats Democratic Incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell In Race For 26th Congressional...
    Police in Portland, Oregon, stopped a group of Antifa protesters attempting to set fire to a Starbucks. The attackers reportedly smashed the windows and poured gasoline on the floor and counters in an attempt to set it ablaze. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office tweeted they disrupted an attempted arson on Monday night in Portland. The tweet reports the arrest of two people in connection to the attack on the Starbucks store. Unified Command: Two arrested in downtown protest, officers interrupt possible arson attempthttps://t.co/r6KLRcZVyE — Multnomah Co Sheriff (@MultCoSO) November 3, 2020 Police officials report they found a “flammable liquid” spread throughout the inside of a Starbucks located on the ground floor of a mid-rise apartment complex. The sheriff’s office stated they disrupted a possible arson attempt. A video tweeted Monday night shows a group of people standing in front of the Starbucks located near Portland State University. Protesters can be...
    A Florida man was arrested Monday night for allegedly setting his girlfriend on fire, a report said. Noe Jimenez-Cortes is accused of dousing his girlfriend with an accelerant and igniting her with a cigarette early Monday morning, CBS12 reported , citing authorities. The victim, who is in critical condition, told responding deputies that Jimenez-Cortes intentionally set her on fire, the report said. The boyfriend fled the scene but was arrested Monday night. Charges against him are pending.
    (Reuters) - A young white man was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison by a federal court in Lafayette, Louisiana after he pleaded guilty to setting three historically Black churches on fire. Federal District Judge Robert Summerhays sentenced Holden Matthews to 25 years but gave him 18 months credit for the time he has already spent in jail. Matthews, who will serve 282 months, had admitted to burning down three predominantly African American churches and pleaded guilty to both state and federal charges in February. The judge also ordered him to pay about $2.7 million in restitution to the churches he burned. Matthews had burnt three churches - St. Mary Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church - over a 10-day span in 2019. The three churches, all in St. Landry Parish, burned down between March 26 and April 4. Matthews was arrested and...
    A Louisiana man who admitted to burning down three predominantly African American churches to promote himself as a "Black metal" musician was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay the churches $2.6 million. U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays of Lafayette sentenced Holden Matthews, giving the 23-year-old man credit for 18 months he already spent in jail, U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook said in a news release. "Matthews admitted to setting the fires because of the religious character of these buildings, in an effort to raise his profile as a 'Black Metal' musician by copying similar crimes committed in Norway in the 1990s," the statement said. The burnt ruins of the Greater Union Baptist Church. Gerald Herbert / AP Matthews had shown interest in "Black metal," an extreme subgenre of heavy metal, according to authorities. The music has been linked, in some instances, to fires at Christian churches...
    HALF MOON BAY (CBS SF) — Deputies arrested a 58-year-old man suspected of starting a 2-acre grass fire after building a large peace sign near Maverick’s Beach was arrested Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Moss Beach resident John Ivazes was found lying on the ground near the blaze when Cal Fire, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies responded about 1:45 p.m. Witnesses saw Ivazes earlier in the day constructing a peace sign out of pampas grass on the side of a hill near the Maverick’s Beach access trail, the sheriff’s office said. Ivazes admitted igniting the fire, and witnesses told authorities that they saw him set the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office. No injuries were reported and the fire didn’t threaten any buildings. Authorities booked Ivazes into the Maguire Correctional Facility on suspicion of arson, with bail set at $10,000. Anyone with information about the incident was...
    PRINCETON – A 58-year-old Moss Beach man was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a hillside overlooking Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton earlier this week, authorities said. The two-acre blaze was reported near the end of the Mavericks Beach access trail about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday. Authorities arrived to find the man lying on the ground near the fire. The sheriff’s office said the man had been seen earlier in the day constructing a large peace sign out of pampas grass on the hillside. The man admitted to starting the blaze, the sheriff’s office said. Multiple witnesses also reported seeing him start the fire. The man was arrested and booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City on a charge of reckless burning, the sheriff’s office said. He is being held on $10,000 bail and is scheduled...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 34-year-old Trommald, Minnesota woman has been arrested in connection with a house fire Tuesday evening. According to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, a fire was reported around 8:20 p.m. at a residence in Trommald, located on the 18000 block of Elk Street. Fire crews extinguished the fire, which investigators determined to be suspicious and possibly arson. Witnesses at the scene told authorities that the suspect, who is a resident of the home, made statements about starting the house on fire, the sheriff’s office said. Several witnesses were treated for smoke inhalation. The suspect, who was not at the scene when fire crews responded, was located shortly after the incident at a residence in Deerwood. She was arrested for pending charges of first-degree arson, based on evidence and witness information, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect is being held at the...
    A Boston man has been charged after setting fire to a ballot box, damaging dozens of absentee ballots. 29-year-old Worldy Armand started a fire inside a ballot box outside the Boston Public Library on Sunday. Authorities took him into custody a few hours later, and he currently faces charges of willful and malicious burning. The ballot box contained over 120 ballots, according to the Associated Press. Armand was apprehended by drug control officers who saw he matched the description of the man seen setting the ballot box on fire. He also had an active warrant out for his arrest for receiving stolen property. The FBI is investigating the incident the AP reports. William Galvin, Massachusetts’s election chief, has directed local officials to heighten security around ballot boxes with guards and surveillance cameras and to collect ballots more frequently. The AP reports that in an interview Monday Galvin recommended locking ballot boxes...
    Police arrested a man Sunday night for allegedly setting a ballot drop box on fire over the weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. The suspect, 39-year-old Worldly Armand, is expected to be arraigned Monday in municipal court, according to WBZ 4. “Police said he lit a fire inside the drop box outside of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square around 4 a.m. Sunday,” the report continued. Prior to his arrest, the Boston Police Department tweeted two photos of the suspect: BPD Investigating Ballot Box Fire in the area of 700 Boylston Street in Boston. https://t.co/8FYA34H815 pic.twitter.com/FNrO1PpEUg — Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) October 25, 2020 In a news release Monday, the department said, “A query led to the discovery that the male had an active straight warrant out of Ipswich District Court for Receiving Stolen Property.” Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin described the incident as a “deliberate arson attack.” “I’m very angry....
    A second ballot drop box has been set on fire, this time in Boston. A ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library was set ablaze on Sunday, marking the second such instance in just over a week after another ballot drop box was burned outside a California library last Sunday. The two incidents come as Donald Trump eagerly pushes debunked claims of fraud regarding mail-in ballots. The suspected arson attempt destroyed 35 ballots out of the 122 in the box at the time of the fire, according to the Boston Election Department.
    BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Police say they’ve arrested the man who set a ballot box on fire over the weekend. Worldy Armand, 39, of Boston, is expected to be arraigned in municipal court Monday afternoon. Police said he lit a fire inside the drop box outside of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square around 4 a.m. Sunday.  Some of the ballots in the drop box were destroyed and others were damaged in the fire. A few hours later, investigators released two photos of the man they were looking for. Officers on patrol in Copley spotted him and took him into custody just before 11 p.m. Armand is now charged with willful and malicious burning. Related: Framingham Police To Be Stationed At Ballot Drop Boxes Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin called it a “deliberate arson attack.” Boston Police released these photos of the man in the incident Oct. 25....
    A homeless man was charged for allegedly setting fire to a New Jersey apartment building that left two people dead and nine injured, authorities announced Sunday. Brandon Adams, 34, is accused of intentionally igniting the early Sunday morning fire in Camden, the county prosecutor’s office said. Authorities drew that conclusi on “based in part on assistance and information provided by the community,” the prosecutor’s office said in a press release. Several people were forced to jump from windows to escape the blaze, authorities said. A firefighter was among those injured. The two victims who died have not yet been identified. Adams was charged with two counts of first-degree felony murder. With Post wires
    A homeless man was charged for allegedly setting fire to a New Jersey apartment building that left two people dead and nine injured, authorities announced Sunday. Brandon Adams, 34, is accused of intentionally igniting the early Sunday morning fire in Camden, the county prosecutor’s office said. Authorities drew that conclusion “based in part on assistance and information provided by the community,” the prosecutor’s office said in a press release. Several people were forced to jump from windows to escape the blaze, authorities said. A firefighter was among those injured. The two victims who died have not yet been identified. Adams was charged with two counts of first-degree felony murder. With Post wires Filed under arrests ,  fires ,  new jersey ,  10/26/20
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man was arrested after he intentionally set a fire in his apartment early Sunday, police said. Trent Burgess, 30, was booked into the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of first-degree arson, The Lincoln Journal-World reported. No one was injured but some residents in the apartment building in south Lincoln were displaced, police said. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damage. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Nebraska, Associated Press
    (CNN)A home is on fire after a US Navy aircraft crashed in a small town in Alabama on Friday.The crash occurred Friday evening in Magnolia Springs, Alabama, outside of Mobile. No civilians on the ground were injured, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, which identified the plane involved in the crash as being a US Navy aircraft. CNN reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration, which had no further comment. The Defense Department and Navy personnel will be handling the investigation and are expected to provide further updates, Baldwin County said.CNN has reached out to the US Navy for more information. Read MoreThis is a developing news story. Check back for updates.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man they say broke into a waste facility in Pompano Beach last Sunday and set fire to several garbage trucks. BSO detectives say it happened at around 2 a.m. Oct. 18, when an unknown male suspect broke into the Waste Pro facility in the 3100 block of NW 16th Terrace. The suspect was wearing a black garbage bag type suit and goggles as he forced his entry into the facility and headed toward the rear of the property, where the garbage trucks were with what appeared to be a gas canister. MORE ON CBSMIAMI.COM Georgia Man Drugged, Robbed After Meeting Woman In Dania Beach Casino Florida Woman Accused Of Killing 3-Year-Old Boy With Tire Iron Uniformed Miami Officer Disciplined For Wearing Pro-Trump Mask At Voting Site Surveillance video of the incident shows the suspect setting...
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of lighting his ex’s Frederickson-area home ablaze while a woman was inside is being held on a $500,000 bail. The 37-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday in Pierce County Superior Court to assault, arson, burglary, residential burglary and two counts of violating a no-contact order, The News Tribune reported. Court documents say a no-contact order barred him from going to the home where his ex lives with their children and her mother. The man went to the home Wednesday, uninvited, and spoke with the mother, documents said. The declaration for determination of probable cause said the mother went to her room briefly, came back out and the trailer was full of smoke so thick she could not see her hand in front of her face. She escaped. Most belongings inside were damaged. The man called 911 the next morning and “mumbled something about...
    EDGEWOOD, Md. (WJZ) — Deputy State Fire Marshals charged an Abingdon man who they say was responsible for intentionally setting an Edgewood home on fire early Friday morning. Crews with the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded to the 600 block of Tupelo Court in Edgewood at around 6:15 a.m. for a report of a house fire. When crews arrived, they found a single-family home in flames. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to control the blaze, which caused an estimated $150,000 in damages, according to officials. Investigators determined that the home was unoccupied at the time and that the fire was arson in nature. Investigators worked throughout the day and identified Thomas C. Gibb, 34, as the person responsible. With the assistance of Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested Gibb Friday night at his place of employment without incident. Gibb has been charged with first-degree arson, malicious...
    Seattle police have arrested someone who allegedly set fire to a police car with cops inside, the department said. It was not immediately clear what events led up to the alleged arson or when it took place. At least two people have now been arrested in connection to burning police vehicles during the unrest in the West Coast city. The arrest happened Thursday around 5 p.m. Eastern time at Dexter Avenue and John Street, local police wrote on Twitter. Filed under arson ,  protests ,  seattle ,  10/15/20
    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of setting fire to a Planned Parenthood center this past weekend was arrested Wednesday, authorities said. Everett Little, 20, of Fort Myers, was charged with arson, criminal mischief and using an incendiary device, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. “That act was caught on camera, and through Crime Stoppers, he’s behind bars,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a Facebook post. “Those tips led to an arrest, and we were fortunate that those tips came in.” Surveillance video taken Saturday at the Fort Myers clinic shows a man pouring gas into bottles and then throwing them at the building, deputies said. One of the bottles ignited after hitting the building, though officials didn’t say how extensive the damage was. Little was identified shortly after the sheriff’s office made images from the video public through Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, officials said. Detectives...
    SACRAMENTO — A Northern California man has been charged with serial arson in connection with four wildfires in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, authorities announced Wednesday. Eric Michael Smith, 38, of Redding, is accused of setting the fires in June and July in the forest in Shasta County using a “virtually untraceable cigarette lighter or pen torch,” according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office. All four fires were quickly contained without causing any major damage or injuries but one shut down a freeway, authorities said. Smith was arrested during an investigation into wildfires that had occurred over the past two years near a forest road north of Shasta Lake. U.S. Forest Service and state fire investigators used hidden motion-detection cameras to identify a car and plant a tracking device on it, according to court records cited by the Sacramento Bee. On July 23, investigators saw Smith place wood and trash...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been charged with serial arson in connection with four wildfires in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, authorities announced Wednesday. Eric Michael Smith, 38, of Redding, is accused of setting the fires in June and July in the forest in Shasta County using a “virtually untraceable cigarette lighter or pen torch," according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office. All four fires were quickly contained without causing any major damage or injuries but one shut down a freeway, authorities said. Smith was arrested during an investigation into wildfires that had occurred over the past two years near a forest road north of Shasta Lake. U.S. Forest Service and state fire investigators used hidden motion-detection cameras to identify a car and plant a tracking device on it, according to court records cited by the Sacramento Bee. On July 23, investigators saw Smith place wood...
    REDDING (CBS13) – A Redding man is being charged with serial arson for allegedly setting fire to lands within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced on Wednesday. Eric Michael Smith, 38, is accused of setting four separate wildland fires with an untraceable cigarette lighter or pen torch, the Department of Justice Eastern District of California said in a news release. Smith faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted. “With the apprehension of this arsonist who was responsible for setting multiple fires, our officers protected our national forests from critical environmental and wildlife habitat loss, reducing the danger to our local communities, including firefighters on the frontline, especially in a year dominated by large wildfires during a pandemic,” said Don Hoang, Special Agent in Charge, Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, Pacific Southwest Region. The fires were reportedly set during...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — An Irvine man was taken into federal custody Tuesday for allegedly setting fire to a Santa Monica Police Department vehicle during recent protests and civil unrest. Nathan Wilson, 27, was charged in a federal criminal complaint after being linked to the May 31 fire that destroyed an unmarked Santa Monica police car, according to the Department of Justice. Wilson was arrested on Oct. 9 after he was found hiding in a mattress box spring in the bedroom of his Irvine home, where authorities say they also recovered clothes that appeared to match those seen in photos taken near the destroyed police car. Do you recognize this suspect who is seen in photos wearing a hat from Don Pisto restaurant? Hes wanted by #FBI & @SantaMonicaPD for the #arson of a police vehicle on May 31, 2020. Call SMPD or FBi to claim the #Reward offered. #SafeLA...
    Private firefighters hired by Napa Valley wineries were detained for possibly setting illegal backfires, ABC 7 reported Thursday. Exclusive video from the ABC7 I-Team shows private firefighters detained by CHP and CAL Fire, now under investigation for possibly setting illegal backfires. https://t.co/rlna30hAn7 pic.twitter.com/3y8GY4GEPP — ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) October 8, 2020 Video obtained by ABC 7 shows the private firefighters being detained by California Highway Patrol (CHP) and CAL Fire on Oct. 2 at around 4 p.m.. The private firefighters are under investigation for possibly setting backfires, which are fires set to stop the spread or change the direction of a wildfire and can be done by burning fuel, such as trees or brush, ahead of a wildfire so it has nothing to burn when it arrives at that point. Fire Fighters set a backfire to help stop the advance of the Glass Fire which started in the early morning...
    NAPA, Calif. (KGO) -- Exclusive video from the ABC7 I-Team shows private firefighters detained by CHP and CAL Fire, now under investigation for possibly setting illegal backfires.These illegal backfires can be very dangerous. If private contractors don't inform the incident command post about what they're doing, other firefighters could be at risk.RELATED: Glass Fire map shows wineries, landmarks destroyed in wine countryThe video shows private firefighters hired by Napa Valley wineries being detained by the CHP and CAL Fire around 4 p.m. Friday. They are suspected of setting illegal backfires.Dan Noyes: "It's illegal for someone to set a backfire if they aren't part of the incident command structure, correct?"Erick Hernandez, CAL Fire Spokesman: "That is my understanding. It is illegal."CAL Fire confirms an investigation is underway that could result in charges and arrests. Hernandez said, "Safety is our priority, and not only for the public, but also for our first...
    NAPA, Calif. (KGO) -- Exclusive video from the ABC7 I-Team shows private firefighters detained by CHP and CAL Fire, now under investigation for possibly setting illegal backfires.These illegal backfires can be very dangerous. If private contractors don't inform the incident command post about what they're doing, other firefighters could be at risk.RELATED: Glass Fire map shows wineries, landmarks destroyed in wine countryThe video shows private firefighters hired by Napa Valley wineries being detained by the CHP and CAL Fire around 4 p.m. Friday. They are suspected of setting illegal backfires.Dan Noyes: "It's illegal for someone to set a backfire if they aren't part of the incident command structure, correct?"Erick Hernandez, CAL Fire Spokesman: "That is my understanding. It is illegal."CAL Fire confirms an investigation is underway that could result in charges and arrests. Hernandez said, "Safety is our priority, and not only for the public, but also for our first...
    Mia Williams, a 32-year-old Florida transgender woman accused of setting a Taco Bell employee on fire last year, was deemed competent to stand trial by Circuit Judge Frank Allman during a virtual court hearing Wednesday, WCTV reports. She is accused of entering a Taco Bell in October 2019, dousing an employee in gasoline, and lighting her on fire before fleeing the establishment. The victim was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries, and Williams was arrested by Tallahassee Police the next day. RHODE ISLAND GIRL, 9, SNATCHED GETTING OFF SCHOOL BUS, TERRIFYING VIDEO SHOWS WCTV reports that Williams was found incompetent to stand trial in January but has been undergoing treatment at a state mental hospital in Chattahoochee since then. Williams faces six felony charges related to the attack and subsequent arrest, and is due back in court in December, according to the local news station. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A charred car is all that’s left in one garage after a string of arsons in one Chicago neighborhood. But there’s a new clue that could help track down who’s starting them. CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports from Logan Square where video of an arsonist at work has surfaced and neighbors said this past weekend, a man set a series of fires walking down an alley. The person responsible may have been caught in the act. Logan Square neighbors are sharing surveillance of an alley showing a man apparently starting a fire then walking away from a trash bin. A fire starter believed to have played a role in a blaze Sunday. The fire burned hot and quick. One garage was engulphed. Dangerous temperatures threating more then the possessions inside. Matt Denny said he’s fortunate that what the fire took can be replaced. His garage partially grizzled...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A charred car is all that’s left in one garage after a string of arsons in one Chicago neighborhood. But there’s a new clue that could help track down who’s starting them. CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports from Logan Square where video of an arsonist at work has surfaced and neighbors said this past weekend, a man set a series of fires walking down an alley. The person responsible may have been caught in the act. Logan Square neighbors are sharing surveillance of an alley showing a man apparently starting a fire then walking away from a trash bin. A fire starter believed to have played a role in a blaze Sunday. The fire burned hot and quick. One garage was engulphed. Dangerous temperatures threating more then the possessions inside. Matt Denny said he’s fortunate that what the fire took can be replaced. His garage partially grizzled...
    The editor of a Russian independent news site died on  Friday after setting herself on fire following a police raid in a probe targeting an opposition group, Russia's Investigative Committee and her website confirmed. The news site Koza.Press in the industrial city of Nizhny Novgorod reported that its editor-in-chief Irina Slavina had "set herself on fire in front of the police headquarters." Investigators in the city later confirmed her death in a statement saying her body had been found with "signs of thermal burns", while saying there was "no basis" to connect her death to police raids since she was only a witness in a probe. Irina Slavina poses for a photo, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The editor of a Russian news website died after setting herself on fire outside a regional police headquarters the day after officers searched her residence, Russia's Investigative Committee confirmed on...
    A Russian journalist died after setting herself on fire outside of a government building on Friday — writing on Facebook an hour before her suicide “Blame the Russian Federation for my death.” Irina Slavina, the editor-in-chief of the small local news outlet Koza Press, self-immolated in front of the local branch of the interior ministry in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, about 260 miles east of Moscow. About an hour before her death, Slavina penned a foreboding message on Facebook directing followers to blame the communist nation. A day before, she wrote that police raided her apartment in search of pro-democracy materials. Slavina, who ran a press shop that billed itself as having “no censorship” and “no orders ‘from above,’” said she was being probed for ties to the Open Russia opposition group, which is financed by a fierce critic of the Kremlin, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. During the raid, cops swarmed...
    A Russian journalist died after setting herself on fire outside of a government building on Friday — writing on Facebook an hour before her suicide “Blame the Russian Federation for my death.” Irina Slavina, the editor-in-chief of the small local news outlet Koza Press, self-immolated in front of the local branch of the interior ministry in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, about 260 miles east of Moscow. About an hour before her death, Slavina penned a foreboding message on Facebook directing followers to blame the communist nation. A day before, she wrote that police raided her apartment in search of pro-democracy materials. Slavina, who ran a press shop that billed itself as having “no censorship” and “no orders ‘from above,’” said she was being probed for ties to the Open Russia opposition group, which is financed by a fierce critic of the Kremlin, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. During the raid, cops swarmed...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian journalist died on Friday after setting herself on fire in front of the local branch of the interior ministry in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, a day after her apartment was searched by police, according to local media. Prior to her self-immolation, Irina Slavina wrote on her Facebook page: "I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death." (Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Trevelyan) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A man accused of setting fire to a Portland jail and subsequently identified by a back tattoo of his last name pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal arson charge. Edward Thomas Schinzing, 32, faces a minimum of five years in prison for the May 29 fire set to the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland. He told a judge he knew people were being held in custody -- 289 inmates -- on the upper floors of the building, The Oregonian reported. Prosecutors believe Thomas Schinzing spread a May 29 fire in the Corrections Records Office of Portland's Justice Center by moving flaming papers into separate cubicles. On Wednesday he pleaded guilty to a federal arson charge. (Department of Justice) Investigators said Schinzing was among several hundred people who gathered to protest nearby the Justice Center before walking over to the building. At one point, a group broke windows...
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