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Man Arrested in Connection With Arson at Florida Mosque

The mosque was sometimes attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

(Newser) - Police have arrested a suspect in the fire that left a 100-square-foot hole in the roof of a Florida mosque occasionally attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, WKMG reports. According to Reuters , 32-year-old Joseph Schreiber is believed to be behind Sunday's arson at the Islamic Center of Fort... More »

Mosque Where Orlando Gunman Prayed Goes Up in Flames

Cops say it wasn't an accident

(Newser) - Before Omar Mateen shot up the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people in June, he had been a longtime regular at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, showing up at Friday services for 13 years. That mosque went up in flames early Monday, per the St. Lucie County... More »

Cops: Woman Set Fire to Guy's Car, Only It Wasn't Her Ex's

The 19-year-old was caught on surveillance video in Florida

(Newser) - A young woman police have identified through surveillance video as 19-year-old Carmen Chamblee is charged with setting fire to a Honda Civic in Clearwater, Fla., and she says she thought it was her ex-boyfriend's, reports WFTS . It wasn't. Thomas Jennings, the man who owned the vehicle, says he'... More »

Man Arrested for 'Horrific' California Arson

Lower Lake fire has destroyed almost 200 homes

(Newser) - A man was arrested Monday for allegedly sparking a wildfire that exploded over the weekend, destroying more than 175 homes, businesses, and other structures in a Northern California town, authorities say. Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin says Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, was arrested Monday on 17 counts of arson and... More »

Arson 101: Guy Shows How Not to Light a Fire

Well, that didn't go as planned

(Newser) - Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the guy trying to burn a building down who sets fire to a little more than you intended. Such was the plight of a would-be arsonist intending to burn down a Kentucky barbershop when he accidentally... More »

Suspect in Arson Targeting Black Firefighter Is 'Friend'

Ex-firefighter may have been upset with Kenneth Walker's fire company

(Newser) - Buffalo police have a suspect in custody in the arson of a black firefighter's apartment —and he's no stranger. Police say former firefighter Matthew Jurado, 39, who lives across the street from Kenneth Walker, has been charged with second-degree arson after he admitted to starting the blaze... More »

Cops Use Potato to Crack Arson Case

Suspect allegedly stuffed it into a vehicle's tailpipe

(Newser) - Connecticut police knew they were dealing with arson. What they didn't know was who was responsible—until a DNA test on a potato provided a break in the case. Willow Martin, 19, was charged Tuesday with several crimes including arson and burglary after a September 2015 fire at a... More »

Alabama Campers Arrested Over Colorado Wildfire

More than 600 acres have been scorched, 2K people evacuated

(Newser) - More than 50 Colorado National Guardsmen are helping hundreds of firefighters battle a blaze that the Boulder County Sheriff's Office says was started by two careless campers from Alabama, USA Today and the AP report. Jimmy Suggs, 28, and Zackary Kuykendall, 26, of Vinemont were arrested Sunday and charged... More »

On Rare Weekend Alone, Bride-to-Be Is Murdered

Police have arrested a man who lived in Amanda Strous' building

(Newser) - Early Saturday evening, just weeks before her July 30 wedding, college counselor Amanda Strous was pulled from her fiery apartment in Charlotte, NC. The fire, says Strous' dad, was a cover-up to hide her murder. Police say that a man who lives in the same complex confessed to the killing... More »

How Twins Allegedly Spent Winter Break: Bombing Stuff

The Amish lost a couple of sheds to improvised explosives

(Newser) - Beware of bored college students home from school. Twin brothers are accused of blowing up a number of sheds—two of them belonging to the Amish—in Chester County, Pa., while home on winter break, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The bombing spree started Dec. 20 with a mailbox. By the... More »

Police: Man Douses Smoking Girlfriend With Gas, Kills Her

'I lost it,' he tells reporters

(Newser) - A man charged with dousing his girlfriend with gasoline as she smoked a cigarette, causing her to burst into flames, told reporters Sunday "I'm sorry" and "I lost it," as he was being led away in handcuffs by police, NBC News reports. Kevin Small, 46, also... More »

Massive 2013 Fertilizer Plant Blast Was Caused by Arson

ATF announces its findings, calls fire 'a criminal act'

(Newser) - An intentionally set fire caused the 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, federal officials said Wednesday, calling the fire "a criminal act." Federal and state investigators said no arrests have been made, but that they are investigating who was responsible for causing the... More »

After Slew of Suspicious Fires, a Firefighter Is Arrested

Lawson Michael Schalm is blamed for at least 18 fires in Alberta town

(Newser) - After more than 20 suspicious fires in the space of a few weeks, it didn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that an arsonist was at work in the small town of Mayerthorpe, Alberta—but the real shock was the suspect's identity. On Saturday, volunteer firefighter Lawson Michael... More »

Man in Animal Costume Shot by Police Thought World Was Ending

His father says he believed God spoke to him

(Newser) - The man shot by Baltimore police Thursday while wearing an animal costume and explosive vest made out of candy bars believed the world was ending, the AP reports. Police have identified the man who walked into a TV station and was later shot multiple times after refusing to put his... More »

Man Who Filmed Himself Starting Massive Wildfire Gets 20 Years

The video was a key piece of evidence in his conviction

(Newser) - A man who took a video of himself after starting a fire that would go on to burn more than 150 square miles of land was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $60 million fine, the AP reports. According to Reuters , Wayne Huntsman pleaded guilty to three counts... More »

Family of 5 Dead in Phoenix Shooting, Fire

It appears brother, son may have killed his parents, sisters

(Newser) - Phoenix police and firefighters braved bullets and flames as they responded to a shooting and house fire that left five family members dead early Tuesday, including the gunman, authorities said. The shooter fired at officers who donned breathing gear to go into the burning home to help the victims, and... More »

Militants Who Grabbed Fed Building Won't Like This

Dwight and Steven Hammond turning themselves in

(Newser) - Two ranchers whose legal woes spurred an armed takeover of a government building in Oregon are reporting to prison today to serve their sentences—but will ask President Obama for clemency, the Oregonian reports. Dwight Hammond Jr., 73, is facing up to five years and son Steven, 46, around four... More »

Man Charged in Mosque Fire Says He Worshipped There

Feds say it no longer looks like a hate crime

(Newser) - A man who was charged with arson in a Christmas Day fire at a Houston mosque told an investigator he worshipped there, federal authorities say. Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, of Houston, was arrested Wednesday morning, an ATF special agent says. She adds that officials don't know a motive yet... More »

Bill Clinton’s Birthplace Burns, Arson Suspected

Christmas fire at house in Hope appears intentional

(Newser) - The former president who branded himself as "the man from Hope" got some less-than-hopeful news for Christmas in the form of a fire at his birthplace that officials are investigating as arson, reports KSLA-TV . "There’s just evidence and signs that we do believe it was intentionally set,... More »

4 Firefighters Went on Arson Spree, Played the Hero

German men were always first to arrive on the scene

(Newser) - When a spate of fires took place over a few weeks in 2013 in a small German town, it seemed odd that a quartet of firefighters were always among the first to show up at the scene. Now a court has determined why: They were the ones starting the fires... More »

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