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Church That Fought Lockdown Is Burned to the Ground

'Bet you stay home now,' read a message at the scene

(Newser) - A Mississippi church that defied coronavirus restrictions was burned to the ground early Wednesday in a suspected arson case. "Bet you stay home now you hypokrits," read a spray-painted message on the ground near the doors to First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, a city of 7,600,... More »

2 Men Charged With Blowing Up ATMs

They were arrested after Georgia blast

(Newser) - Two men are facing federal charges in Florida for using small explosions to rob ATMs in the Tampa Bay area, authorities said Monday. The US Attorney's Office in Tampa has charged Mawdo Malick Sallah, 33, of Clearwater, Fla., and Kirk Douglas Johnson, 34, of Anderson, SC, with conspiring to... More »

Teen 'Died in a House Fire' —Until Cops Pulled Her Over

Candace Walton, 16, has been charged with arson and murder

(Newser) - A Georgia teen who appeared dead in a fire turned out to be alive and well—and now faces murder and arson charges, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The tale began when authorities responded to a raging house fire in Monroe County early Thursday and identified two bodies inside as Candace... More »

He Wanted Nurses' Attention, Got Cops' Attention, Too

Police say John King wanted his clothes, set fire to his hospital bed

(Newser) - John King really, really wanted his clothes. Police say the Florida man had been admitted to a New Smyrna Beach hospital for respiratory failure Saturday and felt like the nurses were ignoring his request for his clothing, so he set his hospital bed on fire to get their attention. They... More »

2 Firefighters Are Dead. 2 Boys Now Face Charges

DA is angry that the juveniles cannot be tried as adults

(Newser) - Two firefighters have been confirmed dead in a blaze that erupted Tuesday at a California public library, allegedly set by two 13-year-old boys. Now, controversy has emerged over the charges faced by the juveniles. Coverage:
  • The firefighters: Capt. Ray Figueroa, 35, and Patrick Jones, 25, both of the Porterville Fire
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He Got Away With Wife's Murder, Until He Killed Their Son

Karl Karlsen convicted of killing 2nd family member for insurance money

(Newser) - Cindy Karlsen was right to be worried when her husband, following the 2008 death of his son, received $700,000 in insurance money and invested some of it in a $1.2 million life insurance policy for her. She donned a wire and in 2011 recorded Karl Karlsen admitting to... More »

Cops: Woman Was Building a Bomb in Walmart

Police arrest Emily Stallard in Florida

(Newser) - A Florida woman is facing charges of attempted arson and firebombing after police say she tried to build a bomb inside a Walmart. Emily Stallard, 37, "had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction" when she was arrested at the Tampa store around 6pm Saturday, Hillsborough Sheriff... More »

24 Australians Allegedly Started Fires on Purpose

Others are accused of lesser fire violations

(Newser) - At least 24 people have been killed in the bushfires that have raged in Australia. The same number of people in the hard-hit state of New South Wales have been arrested and charged with deliberately setting fires there since the fall. USA Today reports one of the 24 is a... More »

Mother, 2 Daughters Admit Role in Zoo Fire

German police say 3 women 'infinitely sorry' after releasing sky lanterns; 30 animals died

(Newser) - More than 30 animals perished in a zoo fire early New Year's Day, and German police now say three suspects have emerged and taken responsibility. After reports circulated that police suspected sky lanterns may have caused the inferno that destroyed the Krefeld Zoo's ape house, cops say a... More »

Cops: Man Burnt His Own SUV With Racist Intent

Matthew Bittner, 38, is up on charges including first-degree arson

(Newser) - A minority person touches something, and that's it—torch it? Connecticut police say that's what happened in the case of a volunteer firefighter whose SUV was found gutted by flames, the Connecticut Post reports. Police say Matthew Bittner, 38, didn't want his vehicle back after it had... More »

Boy Charged With Arson, Murder Has Charges Explained to Him

At 9-year-old's court appearance, judge explained many words, concepts

(Newser) - The Illinois 9-year-old charged with five counts of murder in an April mobile home fire appeared in court Monday, where the judge repeatedly had to explain concepts and words the child didn't understand. The boy is accused of setting the Goodfield fire that ultimately killed his two young half-siblings,... More »

Murder Charge Against 9-Year-Old Triggers Debate

Mom says boy accused of setting fatal fire 'not a monster'; critics say murder charge is too severe

(Newser) - The mother of a 9-year-old accused of setting an Illinois mobile home fire in April that killed five family members is speaking out—and she wants people to know her son is "not a monster," per the AP . The 28-year-old mom, IDed by the Chicago Tribune as Katie... More »

Ex-Student Charged 23 Years After School Burned to Ground

Fingerprint on fire extinguisher was key

(Newser) - A man has been charged with burning down his high school—23 years ago. Macedonia High School in South Carolina was "totally destroyed" in the Aug. 4, 1996, arson, in which books, papers, and other materials were set alight in hallways, according to Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis. Only... More »

Attack on Mexico Bar Kills 23, Injures 13

Fire ripped through Coatzacoalcos bar

(Newser) - An attack on a bar in Mexico's Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 23 people and injured 13 late Tuesday. The attackers started a fire that ripped through the bar, killing eight women and 15 men, the AP reports. There was no immediate information on the condition of the... More »

11 Years Later, He's Charged With Unspeakable Crime

Ohio's Peter Romans accused in arson that killed his wife and 2 children in 2008

(Newser) - An Ohio man was arrested this week and charged with killing his wife and two children by setting fire to their family home. Beyond the heinousness of the alleged crime is this wrinkle—the fire took place in 2008. Peter Romans, 59, is now in jail on three counts of... More »

After Facebook Threat, Police Say, Man Killed Daughter in Fire

Pair had argued about the woman moving out

(Newser) - A Minnesota father and daughter had been arguing over her plans to move out of their mobile home, police say. The man posted on Facebook that he wanted to burn the place down. On Tuesday night, according to a police report, Jamey Newport called 911, screaming that someone was pouring... More »

19 Bodies Found Piled on Top of Each Other at Anime Studio

Only 6 of 74 people escaped Kyoto building uninjured

(Newser) - The man accused of setting fire to an anime studio in Japan, killing at least 33 people in one of the country's deadliest postwar mass murders, has been identified as Shinji Aoba. The 41-year-old man is being treated for burns in a hospital and police have so far been... More »

Alleged Japan Arsonist: 'They Ripped Me Off'

Witness overhears his complaint to police as death toll rises to 33

(Newser) - It's "too appalling even for words," says Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He was referring to the alleged arson at an anime studio in Kyoto that has taken the lives of at least 33 people so far. More than 30 others were injured, some critically. Here is... More »

Dozens Killed in Arson at Animation Studio

Kyoto suspect shouted 'Drop dead!'

(Newser) - At least 26 people were killed and dozens more injured in a suspected arson attack at one of Japan's most famous anime studios Thursday morning. Police say a man "threw a liquid and set fire to it" in the attack at the Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building,... More »

Synagogue Arsonist Gets Face Full of Fire

Tristan Morgan was sentenced in a London courtroom

(Newser) - An Anti-Semitic extremist who set fire to a British synagogue—and, partly, to himself—has been sentenced to remain in a hospital indefinitely, CNN reports. Tristan Morgan, 52, was seen on CCTV footage setting fire to a synagogue in Exeter, England, last July with a flammable liquid. Video shows his... More »

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