Tag: ATF

FBI, ATF investigating Molotov cocktail thrown into LDS church

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

OGDEN — The Ogden City Fire Department, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating after a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a church building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ogden City police were called Monday at about 7:30 a.m. after maintenance workers noticed something had been thrown […]

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ATF team among those examining E. Side church fire

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

A forensic chemist, certified fire investigators, fire protection engineers and accelerant detection dogs are just a few of the resources being used to find the cause of Friday's blaze that destroyed a historic East Side church. More than 30 people, including the 23-member National Response Team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, […]

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ATF Offers Reward for Church Fires – Three Churches Burned, Task Force Formed

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

GREENSBORO, NC – Wayne L. Dixie, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the church fires in Stokesdale and Oak Ridge, NC […]

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Members of Sheriff’s Department, FBI and ATF continue investigating St. John Vianney Church fire

| April 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

HACIENDA HEIGHTS – A team of investigators 50 strong continued examining evidence Wednesday as part of the ongoing investigation into Saturday's blaze at St. John Vianney Church. The fire, which broke out shortly after midnight and caused about $8 million in damage to the church sanctuary, was declared an act of arson earlier this week. […]

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FBI: Man held in Ohio over California synagogue bombing

| April 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles (CNN) — A man wanted for questioning in last week's synagogue bombing in southern California has been arrested in Ohio, an FBI spokeswoman said confirmed Tuesday. An anonymous caller tipped authorities that Ron Hirsch was in Ohio, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Hirsch was taken into custody Monday night in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a suburb […]

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Special Report: Investigators Discuss Church Fires

| February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

A phone call changed it all. "We got a phone call from a female saying her husband was good friends with two guys who are claiming to be the ones doing the church fires," Texas Ranger, Brent Davis, said. The tip lead Davis and former ATF agent Larry Smith to Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister. […]

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Trail of Terror: Church Arson Investigators Tell Their Stories

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

As the clock ticked past 3:30 a.m. Feb. 21, 2010, SWAT members clenched automatic weapons and readied themselves outside a double-wide mobile home in Grand Saline. Miles away in his Tyler living room, a sleepy State District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. scribbled his signature on two arrest warrants. Fifty-two days had passed since the start […]

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Juvenile arrested for church arson

| September 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

A juvenile has been arrested on charges of arson and burglary following a fire at a Marianna church. Officers with the Marianna Police Department responded to the Refuge Tabernacle Church of God on Chipola Street Friday, in reference to the report of a suspicious male exiting the building. When officers arrived, they discovered smoke coming […]

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Seventh suspect arrested in church fire

| July 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. — Another arrest has been made in the arson of Brown County's Grandview Apostolic Church, making the seventh arrest in the case. According to a release from the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office, Skylar C. Ping,19, was arrested. Earlier this week, Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office arrested Nathan R. Bauermeister, Jonathan K. […]

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St. Petersburg church fire ruled arson

| July 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A fire that charred a St. Petersburg church has been ruled arson, ABC Action News has learned. Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue told reporter Don Germaise, "It's definitely arson. We're still early in the investigation, that's all I can tell you, but it looks like arson." Just […]

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Church fire on Reservation under investigation

| July 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

A late night fire at at a Presbyterian Church on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation may have been deliberately set, according to Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator for Genesee County. The fire is under investigation by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, the Alabama Fire Department and Yaeger's office. Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said the fire was […]

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Hateful Graffiti Discovered Near Burned Church

| July 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

NASHVILLE, Ind. — Derogatory graffiti found near the burned shell of a historic Brown County church could be linked to this week's arson. Firefighters were called to the Grandview Apostolic Church at 8349 Grandview Road just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday, and investigators from the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office and the U.S. Bureau of […]

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ATF Investigates West Sac Church Fire

| June 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators in West Sacramento on Sunday said someone intentionally burned a church down. Investigators called the fire that broke out at the Broderick Christian Center at Sixth and Andrew streets Sunday morning suspicious. Those who run the facility also said it was no accident. […]

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Second Defendant in Springfield, Massachusetts, Church Arson Pleads Guilty

| June 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Justice Department today announced that Thomas Gleason, 22, of Springfield, Mass., pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with two crimes related to the burning of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, a predominantly African-American church, in Springfield on the morning after President Barack Obama was elected […]

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Ohio Co. church fire turns to criminal investigation

| June 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

OHIO CO., KY (WFIE) – ATF agents and Kentucky State Police say they have no suspects now for the two fires at There Is Hope Community Church and Pastor Blacklock's home in Ohio Co., but they did find accelerants in Blacklock's home. "I can't conceive anything I've done in my ministry, my personal life, or […]

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