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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 »

She 'Saw Smoke.' Her Camera Shows She Was One With the Fire

Authorities say Annie Durham filmed herself torching neighbor's home

(Newser) - Plenty of suspects hauled in by police are first caught by surveillance cameras—just not their own. That's the case with Oklahoma's Annie Durham, booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on charges of second-degree arson after authorities say footage from her password-protected surveillance camera showed she'd intentionally... More »

Synagogue Workers Saw Broken Bottles. Then, 'Puddles of Oil'

Jewish community in Chicago on edge after attempted arson, vandalism incidents

(Newser) - All Jewish schools, businesses, and synagogues are getting "special attention" from Chicago police this week after an arson attempt and vandalism at a number of synagogues. Rabbi David Wolkenfeld tells the Chicago Tribune someone tried to set fire early Sunday at the Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in... More »

He Set A Woman on Fire. Now, His Punishment

Carl Tramane Magee III first poured gasoline on the woman

(Newser) - A homeless man who lit a homeless West Virginia woman on fire as she slept has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the AP reports. News outlets report Carl Tramane Magee III was sentenced Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. A jury found him guilty... More »

Someone in Texas Killed Half a Million Bees

20 hives found burned, drowned near Alvin

(Newser) - Without bees, "we would see almost nothing in the grocery store." That's according to Steve Brackmann of Texas' Brazoria County Beekeepers Association. He has been frustrated by the dwindling of bee populations as a result of insecticides and herbicides—which made the intentional destruction of at least... More »

After Notre Dame Fire, a Call to 'Send Love' to Louisiana

$1.1M raised to rebuild black churches gutted by arson

(Newser) - Less than 24 hours elapsed between President Macron's call for donations to rebuild Notre Dame and nearly $1 billion being pledged, reports Time . In comparison, a nearly week-old campaign seeking funds to rebuild three historically black churches destroyed by arson in Louisiana within the last month had raised only... More »

Suspect in Church Burnings Linked to 'Black Metal' Music

Holden Matthews, a deputy's son, accused of burning 3 churches in Louisiana

(Newser) - After police announced the arrest of a suspect in the burning of three black churches in Louisiana, two notable storylines emerged: First, suspect Holden Matthews, 21, is the son of a sheriff's deputy in St. Landry Parish, where the fires occurred. And, second, the sheriff says Matthews listened to... More »

Cops Make Arrest in Spate of Church Fires

Louisiana TV station says suspect in custody is a deputy's son

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana have made an arrest after suspicious fires at three historic black churches in a single parish, reports WAFB . The fires gutted the churches—all of them more than 100 years old—in St. Landry Parish in March and April. All were empty at the time, and nobody... More »

In One State, Black Churches Are Going Up in Flames

Federal and Louisiana authorities call it 'suspicious'

(Newser) - Black churches are catching fire in Louisiana, and it doesn't look like a coincidence. The FBI and other federal agents have joined state investigators after four black churches caught fire in less than two weeks, the New York Times . Three from the same parish north of Lafayette were suspicious,... More »

Cops: Note Found After Calif. Mosque Arson Cited NZ

'We won't stop praying,' Islamic spokesman in Escondido says

(Newser) - But for one person who wasn't sleeping, a frightening and dangerous incident over the weekend at a California mosque could have turned tragic. Seven people were inside the Islamic Center of Escondido early Sunday when, shortly after 3am, the lone person not snoozing noticed flames and woke the others,... More »

Cops: Dentist-Turned-Arsonist Made a Rookie Mistake

They tracked footprints in the snow from crime scene to suspect's garage

(Newser) - If this is how the cops found their suspect in a movie, you'd probably grab the remote and find another movie. Nobody's this obvious, right? But as the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports, apparently somebody is. Police in New Richmond, Wis., say they found their arson suspect by... More »

Cops: Woman Killed Husband to Marry Man Serving Life

She allegedly poisoned him with antifreeze

(Newser) - A Missouri prison nurse who had an affair with a lifer may now face a life sentence of her own. Amy Murray, 40, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 11 death of husband Joshua Murray, Fox reports. His body was found after a fire at the couple'... More »

Suspected Arson Attack Kills 10 in Paris

Woman was arrested near apartment building

(Newser) - Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives Tuesday, sending fleeing residents to the roof as flames engulfed their apartment building before dawn. A 40-year-old female resident of the building, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was arrested as police opened an investigation into voluntary arson... More »

'Pizzagate' Restaurant Gets Hit Again

Authorities say an arsonist struck Comet Ping Pong

(Newser) - The so-called "Pizzagate" restaurant suffered another scare Thursday night when someone apparently tried setting fire to the place, CBS News reports. Investigators at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC, unanimously agreed that an arsonist set a curtain there ablaze; they found a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid and burned... More »

Vape Pen Delivery Ends 6-Hour Standoff

Suspect accused of trying to set fire at gas station convenience store

(Newser) - A man desperate for cigarettes was given a vape pen by police on Saturday, thereby ending a six-hour standoff in Novato, Calif. Authorities say 40-year-old Juan Roman, troubled by issues with family, poured gas on the floor of a gas station, then tried to ignite it when he couldn't... More »

Cops: Fight Leads to Fiery Feces

Dylan Printz, 18, charged with arson after police say he left burning bag of dog poop on Pa. porch

(Newser) - It may have been Christmas Eve, but those weren't reindeer droppings left at a home in Shippensburg, Pa. The Smoking Gun reports on a "crappy" prank that now has 18-year-old Dylan Printz charged with arson and risking catastrophe. Cops responded around 3am Monday to a report of a... More »

Family 'Fully' Supports NJ Man Charged in Arson at Own Home

Paul Caneiro's wife, daughters were home when blaze broke out, willing to testify for him

(Newser) - Paul Caneiro's wife and two daughters were inside the home that he stands charged with setting ablaze , and they are set to testify on his behalf when he returns to court on Wednesday, his lawyer, Robert Honecker, tells ABC News . Wife Susan and daughters Marissa and Katelyn escaped the... More »

Mystery Deepens in NJ Mansion Fire

Lawyer says Paul Caneiro is innocent

(Newser) - New Jersey man Paul Caneiro didn't try to set his own house on fire with his wife and children inside, his lawyer says—and he is also innocent of "any other charge," which would include the murders of his brother and his family . Lawyer Robert Honecker Jr.... More »

Family Was Murdered Before Mansion Fire

'Homicidal violence' wasn't random, prosecutor says

(Newser) - Another disturbing twist in the New Jersey mansion fire case: Authorities have confirmed that all four members of a family were murdered before their Colts Neck home was set on fire Tuesday. Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Wednesday that the case had "transcended" from an arson investigation to... More »

After Man, Family Die in Mansion Fire, Brother Arrested

Paul Caneiro's arrest tied to a fire at his own home that happened hours prior

(Newser) - A convoluted story out of New Jersey, where police have charged Paul Caneiro with aggravated arson in connection with a fire at his own home—one that the Asbury Park Press reports occurred seven hours before a fatal fire at his brother's mansion. Around 5am Tuesday, firefighters responded to... More »

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