Tag: Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives

DPS: East Texans can rest easier after church arsons arrests

| February 21, 2010 | 0 Comments



UPDATE 04:19 02/21/2010: During Sunday's press conference, Texas DPS director Steve McCraw said "East Texans can rest easier tonight." Two men have been arrested in the East Texas church arsons case. Authorities say they have now ruled the fire at Little Hope Baptist Church in Canton as arson making the total number of church arsons […]




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Church arsons plague East Texas, many coping with uncertainty

| February 16, 2010 | 0 Comments



TYLER, TX (KLTV) – The East Texas community is still coping with the uncertainty of knowing when and where the next fire will happen. "This is an environment that we're not used to dealing with," said Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department. "We're not used to people just burning churches down." But some […]




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Artists analyze arson suspect’s tattoo

| February 14, 2010 | 1 Comment



LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – Tattoo artists analyze an interesting set of tattoos said to be on two of the men of interest identified by arson investigators. They are the tattoos of suspects in the East Texas church fires. Body artists contend tattoos do say something about those who wear them, and tattoo artists say most […]




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Symbols Attached to Arson

| February 13, 2010 | 0 Comments



So now, we have some persons of interest, and we have descriptions. But is there any symbolism involved here? One item in the description of two of the young men probably sends up a red flag for a lot of folks. It’s the upside down cross tatoos. But what do they really mean? 9 churches […]




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East Texas Arson Task Force Releases Sketches

| February 12, 2010 | 0 Comments



East Texas Arson Task Force Releases Sketches TYLER, Texas — Robert Champion, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), released three composite sketches of individuals that investigators would like to identify and interview in relation to the some of the church arsons that […]




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ATF Releases Church Arson Sketches

| February 12, 2010 | 0 Comments



During a news conference today law enforcement agencies released three sketches of “persons of interest” in the recent string of church fires in East Texas. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent Robert Champion, who is leading the investigation, said the sketches were taken from eyewitness accounts. He asked that the community for assistance in the apprehension […]




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ATF looking for 3 persons of interest in church arsons

| February 12, 2010 | 0 Comments



TYLER, TX (KLTV) – The East Texas church arson investigators have released sketches of three "individuals of interest." ATF Special Agent Robert Champion the man in charge of the church arson investigation made the announcement Friday morning at a press conference at Tyler's Rose Garden. Since the beginning of the year there have been nine […]




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Two latest Texas church fires ruled arson

| February 11, 2010 | 0 Comments



(CNN) — The two latest fires in a string of church blazes in east Texas have been ruled arson, bringing the total of deliberately-set fires to 10, authorities said Thursday. Fires destroyed Dover Baptist Church and Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church on Monday night. The churches are located about three miles apart near Tyler, Texas. […]




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ATF: More Texas church fires linked to arsonist

| February 10, 2010 | 0 Comments



DALLAS (AP) — Two rural church fires on the same night in eastern Texas this week were the acts of an arsonist, a federal agent said Wednesday. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reached that conclusion Wednesday in the fires that damaged the Dover Baptist Church and Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church, […]




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Too early to call latest fires arson says ATF

| February 10, 2010 | 0 Comments



EAST TEXAS (KLTV) – There has been a lot of movement Wednesday in the investigation of the latest East Texas church fires. Agents have left the scene at Dover Baptist Church, which burned on Monday night. The on site work at both Dover and Clear Spring Baptist Church has wrapped up, but ATF, U.S. Marshals, […]




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Q&A with ATF on East Texas church fires

| February 10, 2010 | 0 Comments



Some blame Muslims for the East Texas church fires. Some blame Palin-hating liberals. Some blame the devil. The online speculation was enough to make me call Tom Crowley, spokesman for the Dallas office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Here's a quick summary of what we talked about: Q: Does any […]




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ATF Offering $5,000 Reward in Arson Fire at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif

| February 10, 2010 | 0 Comments



CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. – Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that a $5,000 reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for an arson fire at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in […]




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ATF: First Baptist Church of Temple arson NOT connected to East Texas string

| February 10, 2010 | 0 Comments



TEMPLE – The arson that badly damaged First Baptist Church of Temple is not linked to the series of intentional blazes during the past month in East Texas, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Tom Crowley. He says the agency is keeping its options open, but at this moment, the […]




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ATF Blames Texas Church Fires On Serial Arsonist

| February 9, 2010 | 0 Comments



Fire destroyed the Clear Springs Baptist Church near Tyler on February 8, 2009. Federal investigators suspect arson. Recent fires that destroyed or damaged several churches in eastern Texas were likely set by one person or group of people, federal authorities said Tuesday. Fires that broke out at two churches near Tyler on Monday have not […]




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2 More Churches Go Up In Flames Within 3 Miles Of Each Other

| February 9, 2010 | 0 Comments



Area firefighters from multiple departments were scrambling to respond to at least two church fires within three miles of each other in Smith County on Monday night — the latest in a rash of East Texas church fires, many of which have been ruled arsons. Firefighters first responded to a fire at Dover Baptist Church, […]




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