Tag: Arson

Young Plymouth man under hospital evaluation after church arson arrest

| September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments



PLYMOUTH —  A young Plymouth man is being held for psychiatric evaluation after he was arrested not once but twice for allegedly breaking into the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church parish center and setting small fires there. Henry Mahon, 19, will return to Plymouth District Court Oct. 11 for a hearing to determine whether he’s too […]




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Manassas ‘guitar hero’ charged with setting Fauquier church fire

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments



BEALETON, Va. —  A Bealeton man who got some attention for hitting a burglar over the head with a guitar in Manassas last year now faces arson charges in Fauquier County, authorities said. Sean Edward Macsorley is accused of entering the construction site of St. Patrick Orthodox Church on Marsh Road in Bealeton and setting […]




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FBI pursuing investigation of Joplin mosque fire

| August 6, 2012 | 0 Comments



JOPLIN, Mo. — The FBI has around 30 agents investigating the fire, said FBI special agent in charge Michael Kaste, with the Kansas City FBI office. He said it continued to be characterized as “suspicious” until a cause was determined. He said the investigation was in its preliminary stage. “If this fire is determined to […]




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Investigators: Church fire was arson

| July 8, 2012 | 0 Comments



State and local investigators said Friday that the destruction of a downtown Jacksonville church earlier this week was the result of arson. While the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, the blaze began early Thursday morning in the fellowship hall of the church building and was set intentionally, said Brian Kelly, assistant […]




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Arson determined for LDS church fire in Arizona

| July 8, 2012 | 0 Comments



Last week's fire that destroyed a 50-year-old LDS meetinghouse in Tolleson, Ariz., has been determined to be the work of an arsonist, according to local police officials. "Right now the only people that know where and how the fire was started are the (Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco) investigators and the people who started […]




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Arson mulled in Los Alamos church fire

| July 8, 2012 | 0 Comments



LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Federal agents have joined the investigation into the apparent arson fire that did major damage to the New Beginnings Fellowship Church in Los Alamos Wednesday. It's not clear if the fire reported around 10 a.m. is connected to some recent break-ins. More than 20 firefighters fought the blaze that burned […]




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ATF National Response Team To Investigate Church Fire

| July 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



PHOENIX, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been activated by request from the City of Tolleson to investigate a fire at the LDS Church. On June 29th, at approximately 2:30 a.m., a fire destroyed the LDS Church located […]




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Man accused in synagogue arsons pleads not guilty to planning prosecutor’s murder

| July 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — Aakash A. Dalal was jailed on charges that he masterminded arsons at Bergen County synagogues when he tried to get a 9mm handgun to kill the lead prosecutor in his arson case, according to county Prosecutor John Molinelli. But Dalal’s lawyer contends prosecutors pressured a jailhouse snitch to entrap Dalal so they could […]




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Police: Church Arsonist Calls Police and Confesses to Crime

| June 24, 2012 | 0 Comments



INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Members of an Independence congregation are looking for a temporary place to worship after police say that someone deliberately set fire to their church. Prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Joseph Gazafy with arson in connection to the fire which severely damaged the Church of Jesus Christ Outreach Restoration Branch near Crysler and […]




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LAFD: Westwood Church Fire an Act of Arson

| June 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



WESTWOOD – Firefighters have declared a Friday evening blaze at a Westwood church, to have been an act of arson. The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:14 PM on Friday, June 15, 2012 to a reported fire within the Westwood Hills Christian Church located at 10808 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood. Firefighters swiftly […]




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Two teens charged with torching Standish church

| June 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



STANDISH — Two teenagers were arrested on charges of setting a fire that destroyed a 114-year-old church Thursday afternoon.Only one wall of the Richville Chapel remained standing hours after the boys allegedly set fire to the building. Sgt. Joel Davis of the state Fire Marshal's Office said the boys, who are 15 and 14 years […]




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Suspects chased by reporter charged with vandalizing church

| June 6, 2012 | 0 Comments



THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Two suspects have been charged in connection with allegedly attempting to burn down a church in Thomasville. On Monday, police responded to two churches on Jewel Street that were vandalized late Sunday. According to police, vandals entered the building and trashed church offices, emptied paint cans on the carpets and set various […]




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Indian Kashmir, “unknown arsonists” set fire to a Catholic church

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



Srinagar (AsiaNews) – An "planned" attack, with the clear goal of "scaring to death the Christian community. The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir must act to ensure security for the faithful and places of worship", says Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), reacting to AsiaNews to the arson attack […]




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Bail reduced for Bergen synagogue firebomb suspect from Lodi

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — An appeals court on Tuesday reduced the bail from $2.5 million to $1 million for Aakash Dalal, one of two Lodi teens accused in arsons at local synagogues earlier this year. A two-judge Appellate Division panel called the original bail amount excessive and said trial court abused its discretion in setting the higher […]




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Former janitor sentenced for arson at Grand Rapids church

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A disgruntled former church janitor received a suspended 90-day jail sentence, was fined and must pay restitution after pleading guilty to lighting a fire in the Grand Rapids church that he once cleaned. Robert Evans Shepard, 67, pleaded guilty to one charge of fifth-degree arson stemming from the July 27, 2011, fire in United Methodist […]




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