Arson News

Lawmakers Question the Adequacy of Traffic Control After Fire Halts Flights

The havoc created by a suicidal technician at a Chicago-area flight-control center has some lawmakers asking how a single person armed with gasoline and knives could bring down part of the U.S. air-traffic system. Damage caused last week by a …

Trying to Summon Ghosts, Men Destroy Vacant Louisiana Mansion

Seven men have pleaded guilty to arson or trespassing in a fire that destroyed the vacant LeBeau Plantation mansion in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish last November. The sheriff said when they were arrested that the men told investigators they were …

Missouri Volunteer Firefighter Gets 20 Years for Arson

A volunteer firefighter from eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting several fires last year. Police say Dustin Matthew Grigsby was sentenced for setting four fires in occupied buildings last year in Lincoln County, although …

Louisiana Volunteer Fireman Sentenced to 5 Years for Arson

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says a former volunteer firefighter from Longville has been sentenced to five years at hard labor for setting wildfires in woods near his home town. Court documents show that Brandon Lee Harris was …

Ohio Woman Convicted in Arson-for-Insurance Case

A Youngstown, Ohio, woman has been convicted of setting fire to a rental property in order to collect insurance money, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Latasha Curtis, 33, was convicted on one …

Judge: Flawed Science Led to Murder-by-Arson Conviction in Pennsylvania Case

The arsonist who killed Ji Yun Lee was especially cruel and calculating, dousing her small cabin in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains with more than 60 gallons (230 liters) of gasoline and heating fuel and setting at least eight fires, ending at …

Vacant House Fires Plague Louisiana Town

Lafayette, La., fire officials say at least five vacant houses have been set afire in one week. They’re investigating a sixth house fire. They say two vacant houses were torched within 12 minutes of each other early on June 15. …

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A western Missouri man has admitted leading a conspiracy to buy cheap houses and set them on fire to collect nearly $435,000 in insurance benefits. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 27-year-old Joshua Stamps, of Independence, pleaded guilty in federal court …

Serial Arsonists Likely Hitting Central California City: Chief

Fresno, Calif.’s fire chief says investigators believe serial arsonists are behind a series of blazes across the city over the past month. Chief Kerri Donis said Tuesday that fire and police investigators are studying 21 fires that have occurred since …

Minnesota Town Struggles with Arson Problem

When a 17-year-old boy was arrested in May in a suspected arson fire that scorched 76 forested acres near Cass Lake, Minn., it was just the latest indication the city has a problem with fire-setting. An analysis of arson statistics …