Police: Wildfire Started by Amateur Facebook Weatherman

'He's not a bad kid...just misguided'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 11, 2016 6:54 PM CST
Johnny Mullins   (Letcher Jail)

(Newser) – A wannabe weatherman was jailed for arson after police say he admitted starting a wildfire to draw attention to his selfie videos on Facebook, the AP reports. "It's really too bad because he's not a bad kid—he's just misguided," said James Stephens, the police chief in Jenkins, Kentucky, where Johnny Mullins, 21, was arrested this week on a second-degree arson charge. "He likes to do Facebook videos and have people follow him on his 'weather forecast,' so that's pretty much why he did what he did," the chief said. "He enjoyed the attention he got from the Facebook stuff...He didn't realize how much danger he was putting other people in." (Read more wildfires stories.)

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