In Belize, a group of "indigenous Mayans" reportedly burned down an animal sanctuary there after being told, by a psychic, that children were being fed to crocodiles.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Someone set a fire at a police building in Hemet, California, and police believe it's the latest in a string of attacks on their department, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Some of the previous attempts have been pretty outrageous. A gas main was rigged to fill the offices of their gang task force. A booby trap was set up outside one building, rigged to fire a gun whenever someone opened a security gate. Several city vehicles were torched, and a suspicious device was left under one officer's vehicle. Authorities blame a white-supremacist gang in the area.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, JUNGLE JIM!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
KSHB has an interview here with a former employee of Rod Anderson, the former owner of the downtown Hereford House. Earlier this week, federal authorities accused Anderson of arranging to have the restaurant burned down. The former employee says he thinks Anderson is innocent.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The big news yesterday was the indictment of Rod Anderson, the former owner of the downtown Hereford House. The feds accused Anderson of arranging for the restaurant to be burned down for insurance money. There's still one dangling thread, though: Nobody has arrested whoever physically set the fire.
You might remember that authorities released surveillance images many months ago of men inside the restaurant, after hours. It looks like two different men, at least. The one in the darker photo is clearly heavier. The feds believe more than one person was responsible. There's still a $10,000 reward available.
If you can identify them, please call the local ATF office at 816-559-0850, the ATF's toll-free hotline, 1-888-ATF-FIRE (888-283-3473) or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
I'm really curious to learn where these people came from. How does find someone who'd be willing to carry out a job like this?
I'm not saying it's OK ... but I understand. The fatal mistake, according to Florida authorities:
Perrino drew suspicion when she mentioned the fire's origin — a filing cabinet — during an employee meeting. Employees had not been told where the fire started.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Federal prosecutors have accused Rod Anderson, the former owner of the Hereford House, of arson after the downtown landmark was destroyed by fire in October 2008, Mark Morris reports. Anderson had filed for personal bankruptcy a few months after the fire.
Arson cases are notoriously hard to solve, but ATF officials said -- within days of the fire -- that someone had set the fire. Over the coming months, the authorities would offer a $10,000 reward and release surveillance photos of a man shown inside the Hereford House shortly before the blaze.
Authorities alleged that Anderson first met with an unidentified co-conspirator for about 50 minutes on Sept. 27, 2008, and showed him the property for about 50 minutes. Anderson also purportedly gave the co-conspirator a key and a security alarm code.
The indictment suggests, however, that more than one person allegedly helped burn the building. According to the charges, Anderson’s “co-conspirators” then used the key and alarm code to conduct a “walk-through” of the restaurant on Oct. 12.
Here's a PDF of the indictment. It doesn't look like they've charged the guy in the surveillance photos at this point.
Not saying this is a justification for arson, or anything of the sort, but here's a followup to Don Bradley's story about the Raytown man whose anti-Democrat sign has been torched twice:
The Raytown farmer who posted a sign on a semi-truck trailer accusing Democrats of being the “Party of Parasites” received more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995.
But David Jungerman says the payouts don’t contradict the sign he put up in a corn field in Bates County along U.S. 71 Highway. “That’s just my money coming back to me,” Jungerman, 72, said Monday. “I pay a lot in taxes. I’m not a parasite.”
Sunday, June 20, 2010
If you haven't already seen it, be sure to read Don Bradley's story about a Raytown man who placed an anti-Democrat sign on a truck along U.S. 71 in Bates County. The trailer has been torched twice since May, and he's now put out a $5,000 reward in the case.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
A British man is accused of getting back at his ex-girlfriend by burning down her house -- only he didn't get out before the place exploded, the Sun reports:
"They saw Mr Gray leaving the rubble. He was described by a number of witnesses as laughing manically. One asked what happened. He replied, 'It is a long story'."
Hat Tip: Many thanks, cripjak!
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Meet Guy Edward Jones of West Virginia. He's accused of setting his own home on fire after getting into a fight with his wife, who didn't have dinner on the table by the time he got home. Image courtesy of the AP.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Last month, a Springfield man was accused of burning down his home, killing his girlfriend's three children in the process. Prosecutors have dropped the charges, though, because lab tests couldn't find any accelerant on the man's clothes or from the scene. A fire marshal's dog, trained to detect accelerants, had signaled that it had found some.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
In KCK, the fire department thinks an arsonist has torched 14 vacant houses since late February, KCTV reports. They're happening in an area between 7th and 10th, from Parallel to Quindaro. The most recent was Monday, near 10th and Waverly. There's a hotline for anyone who might have leads in the case -- 913-573-5555.
UPDATED: Police say they've got a person of interest in custody, though it's not clear if all of the fires are related, Joe Lambe reports.
Hat Tip: Many thanks to The Golfer!
In LeClaire, Iowa, a 16-year-old girl allegedly burned down her house because she didn't like how her mom had disciplined her. Mom, an 18-month-old and the girl's invalid grandfather were home at the time, but escaped. The house is destroyed. She might not like how Iowa disciplines people, either: She's automatically charged as an adult and could get 25 years in prison.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The number is 913-573-5555, and the fire department says the calls are confidential. Arsons are notoriously difficult to solve. It seems like KCK has had a few more than normal lately. Here's hoping this helps.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Lakeshia M. Ross, 34, of KCK, is the woman whose body was found during a fire at the Relax Inn, 6300 Blue Parkway, on Saturday morning. Police believe the fire was set, and a department release refers to Ross as a homicide victim. At this point, no suspects have been arrested. Police are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).
Saturday, April 10, 2010
From KCPD: This morning (04/10/2010) at approximately 10:30am, KCMO police were called to the Relax Inn Motel, 6300 Blue Parkway, to meet the fire department in regard to a dead body. Upon arrival, officers were informed that the fire department responded to the address in regard to a fire in a motel room.
After entering the room, a female (b/f, approx. 35yrs old) was found unresponsive by firefighters. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her death is suspicious, and it appears the fire was intentionally set. The cause of death is not being released.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.8477.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Angela D. Phillips is accused of first-degree arson after she allegedly set her boyfriend's house on fire, Jackson County prosecutors say. The fire happened on March 8 in the 3900 block of Bellefontaine. Court records say Phillips set the fire because she was mad at the boyfriend. The man's father reported Phillips had set his apartment on fire before, the probable cause statement says.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The coffee shop in Vassalboro, Maine, was destroyed last June, shortly after the owner announced plans to possibly convert into a strip club. The suspect is one waitress' boyfriend.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Springfield police say a 26-year-old man, David Williams, set a house fire that killed his fiancee's three children, ages 7, 5 and 4. Their grandfather is in critical condition at the hospital. Investigators say that a trained dog alerted to accelerant on Williams' clothes and at the fire scene. Also, police didn't see any indication that he'd been in a fire -- no smoke, no soot. They don't have a motive, and it's not clear if the authorities think the arson was intended to hurt the kids.
The always excellent Kathee Baird says Williams' fiancee, the children's mother, is standing by him at this point.
Williams says he went back into the house to save his girlfriend. His former employer at a barbecue stand doesn't think he did it and notes that he could've gotten lighter fluid on his clothes at work.
Friday, March 12, 2010
A Utah man is accused of setting his ex-roommate's 1993 Isuzu Rodeo on fire because the ex-roomie failed to move it from the carport after weeks of requests. From police:
After learning about the carport dispute, "It wasn't much of a 'Hardy Boys' mystery for us to figure out," Robinson said.