Arson News

Police Seek Suspects in Rash of Vehicle Fires in Fort Worth

At least nine vehicles have been set on fire in a North Texas neighborhood and police are seeking clues to those responsible for the fiery vandalism. Fort Worth police on April 7 announced the search for suspects in the weekend …

Judge Orders 8 Year Sentence for Arson at San Antonio Denny’s

A man who complained about alleged slow service at a Denny’s in South Texas must serve eight years in prison for starting the restaurant’s Christmas tree on fire. The San Antonio Express-News reports a judge sentenced 25-year-old Christopher Maddocks in …

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A resident of New Orleans, La., is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to multiple arson-for-insurance fraud schemes Anthony R. Thomas had been charged with multiple criminal counts for his involvement in a 2007 scheme to burn his rental property for …

$1.5 Million in Damage From Utah Blaze

A major blaze at a vacant downtown Salt Lake City, Utah apartment complex that could be seen for miles and brought onlookers from around the metro area caused at least $1.5 million in damage, fire investigators said Monday. The cause …

Wyoming Hitching Post Owners, Insurer Settle Suit

An insurance company has reached a confidential settlement agreement with the company that owns The Hitching Post Inn, the landmark Cheyenne, Wyo. hotel that lost its main lodge in an arson fire a few years ago. U.S. District Judge Nancy …

Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty To Arson-Related Fraud

A Broken Arrow, Okla. man has pleaded guilty to a federal mail fraud charge that authorities say is related to an alleged arson at an east Tulsa self-storage facility. The Tulsa World reported that a plea agreement has been filed …

Joplin Man Held Without Bail in Planned Parenthood Arson Case

A federal judge has ordered no bail for a southwest Missouri man suspected of setting fires at a Planned Parenthood facility and an area mosque. U.S. Magistrate Judge James England on Monday ordered Jedediah Stout, 30, to remain in custody …

2nd Arson Attempt at Missouri Planned Parenthood

Investigators say someone tried for the second time to start a fire at a Joplin, Mo., Planned Parenthood clinic. The Oct. 4 nighttime fire caused minor damage before a police officer was able to put out the blaze. During an …

Police: Bag on Missouri Clinic Roof Failed Try at Arson

Investigators say they’re looking into a failed arson attempt at a southwest Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic after a bag containing incendiary material was found on the roof. Surveillance video from the facility in Joplin shows a person dressed in a …

6 Indicted for Arson, Insurance Fraud Scheme in Missouri

Six people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Missouri for their roles in an arson and insurance fraud conspiracy, Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced. One of the conspirators has also been …