Arson

CORRECTS ARREST DATE TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 - This booking image released by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal shows Holden Matthews, 21, who was arrested Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in connection with suspicious fires at three historic black churches in southern Louisiana. Matthews faces three counts of simple arson of a religious building on the state charges. Federal investigators also were looking into whether hate motivated the fires. (Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal via AP)
April 15, 2019 - 9:41 pm
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man charged in the burnings of three Louisiana black churches faces a mountain of evidence tying him to the crimes, documenting the fires on his cellphone and an interest in arson on Facebook, the state fire marshal said Monday at a hearing that offered new insight...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2019 file photo, firefighters and fire investigators respond to a fire at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, in Opelousas, La. Authorities have arrested a person in connection with suspicious fires at three historic black churches in southern Louisiana, a federal prosecutor said. The suspect was in state custody, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced late Wednesday, April 10 in a news release labeling the fires “despicable acts.” (Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate via AP, File)
April 11, 2019 - 11:42 am
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Each church catered to an African American congregation. Each graced a rustic, country setting. Each fronted a small cemetery. And each is now a charred disaster scene, the result of three conflagrations that brought echoes of civil rights-era violence to Opelousas, a city of...
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April 08, 2019 - 9:38 am
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say it could cost over $50,000 to repair a Connecticut baseball diamond where somebody dumped gasoline and set it on fire to dry out the infield. Police are investigating the fire in Ridgefield in which 25 gallons of gasoline was poured on the field Saturday...
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April 07, 2019 - 5:09 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Police say fans celebrating Texas Tech's Final Four win near the school's Lubbock campus caused damage that included flipping a car and setting several scooters on fire. Lubbock police said Sunday that they're investigating several incidents of property damage following the...
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March 24, 2019 - 8:41 pm
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday. Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before...
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Firefighters and police officers stand by the gutted remains of a bus in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy, March 21, 2019. Italian authorities say a bus driver transporting schoolchildren stopped his vehicle on a provincial highway, told the passengers to get off and then doused the interior with gasoline and set it on fire. Italian media reported that the driver, an Italian of Senegalese origin, was immediately apprehended. (Daniele Bennati/ANSA via AP)
March 21, 2019 - 3:11 pm
MILAN (AP) — The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement called Thursday to award speedy citizenship to a 13-year-old Egyptian boy hailed as a hero for being the first to alert police that he and scores of his middle school classmates had been abducted by their bus driver. Ramy Shehata "put his life at...
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Firefighters stand by the gutted remains of a bus in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy, March 21, 2019. Italian authorities say a bus driver transporting schoolchildren stopped his vehicle on a provincial highway, told the passengers to get off and then doused the interior with gasoline and set it on fire. Italian media reported that the driver, an Italian of Senegalese origin, was immediately apprehended. (Daniele Bennati/ANSA via AP)
March 20, 2019 - 2:42 pm
MILAN (AP) — A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their chaperones Wednesday, ordering the children's hands to be bound and threatening them with death during the 40-minute ordeal, before setting the vehicle on fire when he was stopped by a Carabinieri blockade. Officer broke...
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French President Emmanuel Macron flanked by Elysee general secretary Alexis Kohler, left, holds a meeting at the Elysee presidential Palace, in Paris, Monday, March 18, 2019. Macron summoned top security officials Monday after police failed to contain resurgent rioting during yellow vest protests that transformed a luxurious Paris avenue into a battle scene. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
March 18, 2019 - 12:25 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on yellow vest protests in France (all times local): 5:20 p.m. France's prime minister has announced a ban on yellow vest protests on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue and in two other French cities following riots on Saturday that left luxury stores ransacked and charred from...
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Yellow vests protesters set a burricade afire on the Champs Elysees avenue Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Paris. French yellow vest protesters clashed Saturday with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe as they kicked off their 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
March 16, 2019 - 12:37 pm
PARIS (AP) — French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris' landmark Champs-Elysees avenue,...
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In this photo provided on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2012 by the Brigade de Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris (Paris Fire Brigade), a fire rages through the top floors of an apartment building in Paris, France. The fire that authorities suspect was an arson attack sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape. (Benoit Moser/BSPP via AP)
February 09, 2019 - 7:38 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutor's office says the suspect in the fire that killed 10 people in the French capital this week has been handed preliminary arson charges. The suspect, a woman who prosecutors say has been hospitalized at least 13 times in the past decade for mental health issues, was...
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