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California professor arrested on arson chargesupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 10:57:00

A 48-year-old professor accused of setting fires at the Southern California high school that his son attended prior to the boy's suicide was also planning to kill students and administrators at the school, authorities said Tuesday.

Imam killed in Belgian mosque attack, police sayupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 10:39:00

An apparent arson attack on a mosque near the Belgian capital killed the institution's imam and left another person injured, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

Hollywood arson suspect pleads not guilty to 100 countsupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 00:07:00

A German national accused of setting one of the worst arson sprees in the history of Los Angeles entered a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing Tuesday.

Hollywood arson suspect's mom denied bondupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 19:39:00

A federal judge ordered that the mother of the German national charged in a series of Los Angeles fires be held in jail until a court decides whether she will be extradited to Germany to face fraud charges.

Part-time cop nabbed arson suspectupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 07:13:00

A part-time police officer who earns a $1 a year arrested the man suspected in a series of fires in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles reserve deputy is reluctant -- and private -- heroupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 07:13:00

Call it good timing, divine intervention or just dumb luck.

Extradition hearing for mother of arson suspect postponedupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 23:00:00

A federal judge continued Friday for a third time an extradition hearing for Dorothee Burkhart, the mother of Hollywood arson suspect Harry Burkhart.

L.A. arson suspect's angry tiradesupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 20:43:00

Harry Burkhart launched into tirades and had to be restrained before the L.A. arson spree. CNN's Casey Wian reports.

Canadian doctor says LA arson suspect was diagnosed with mental disordersupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 20:43:00

A medical doctor in Vancouver, British Columbia, told CNN Thursday that California arson suspect Harry Burkhart suffered from severe mental illness in 2010, when she examined him as part of a team of doctors.

Arson suspect's 'terror campaign' endsupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 20:32:00

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley says the arrest of the arson suspect has ended a campaign of terror.

LA arson suspect was diagnosed with mental disorders, doctor saysupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 20:32:00

A medical doctor in Vancouver, British Columbia, said Thursday that California arson suspect Harry Burkhart suffered from severe mental illness in 2010, when she examined him as part of a team of doctors.

Arson suspect wanted in Germanyupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 21:30:00

Harry Burkhart, arrested in Los Angeles for alleged arson, is also under investigation for arson and fraud in Germany.

Los Angeles arson suspect charged with 37 countsupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 21:30:00

A German man arrested in Los Angeles early Monday after a string of 52 fires -- mostly in parked cars -- was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson, prosecutors said.

Police: Man confesses in New York City firebomb attacks updated: Tue Jan 03 2012 23:14:00

A Queens man who faces charges related to five firebombings in the New York City metropolitan area is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, authorities said late Tuesday.

Reporter: Arson suspect from Germanyupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 21:34:00

New details emerge after the arrest of the L.A. arson suspect. CNN's Erin Burnett has more.

Deputy who caught Hollywood arson suspect hailed as heroupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 21:34:00

A reserve sheriff's deputy who draws a salary of $1 a year was hailed as a hero for arresting the suspect in one of the worst arson sprees in Los Angeles history.

Reports: Mother's arrest may be L.A. arson motiveupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 20:34:00

The mother of a German national suspected of one of the worst arson sprees in Los Angeles history appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge Tuesday in the German government's effort to extradite her on fraud charges.

Man charged with arson in case of California firesupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 23:04:00

A 24-year-old man was charged Monday with arson in connection with a rash of car and building fires across the Los Angeles area, authorities said.

35 Southern California fires rock citiesupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 21:23:00

A joint task force Saturday was investigating a string of 35 fires across several Southern California communities, and one mayor called them a "new form of domestic terrorism."

Arson suspected in 19 LA firesupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 13:07:00

Fire and police officers in the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County were looking for suspects Friday in connection with 19 vehicle fires in the Hollywood area.

Arson suspected in post office fireupdated: Sun Dec 25 2011 22:32:00

Investigators suspect arson in a fire that heavily damaged a small post office in rural western Nevada Sunday morning, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman said.

Suspect in elevator death indictedupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 16:10:00

A New York man accused of setting an elderly woman on fire in an elevator last weekend was indicted by a grand jury Friday on murder and arson charges, prosecutors said.

Film questions Texas death penalty arson caseupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 07:19:00

Throughout "Incendiary," a new award-winning documentary, filmmakers pose a tough question with potentially huge consequences: Was a man wrongfully executed because of outdated arson investigation methods?

Berlin car burning suspect arrested, police sayupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 06:57:00

A 27-year old man has been charged with arson attacks on 67 cars in Berlin, police told CNN Monday.

Texas commission signals halt to investigation of 2004 executionupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 19:35:00

An attorney general's opinion effectively halts a Texas state commission's investigation into allegations that flawed science led to a man's 2004 execution, according to a draft report released Friday.

More car burnings hit Berlin neighborhoodsupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 05:16:00

A string of arson attacks has hit the German capital, with vandals burning dozens of cars this week, including an additional 11 overnight, authorities said Friday.

Two teenagers charged in connection with Nevada wildfireupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 19:47:00

Two teenagers have been charged with arson in connection with a wildfire that prompted evacuations and forced the closure of a Nevada highway, authorities said Wednesday.

Authorities probe arson attempt at Moscow synagogueupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 12:12:00

Police launched a criminal probe Wednesday into an arson attempt at a Moscow synagogue earlier this week, a police statement said.

Duke lacrosse accuser charged with murder in boyfriend's stabbingupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 12:47:00

A North Carolina woman who stirred national headlines when she accused three Duke University student-athletes of rape is now herself accused of murder, a county law enforcement official said Monday.

Texas arson probe review steers clear of conclusions on executionupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 21:39:00

A highly anticipated state report reviewing the arson investigation that led to the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham offers no conclusions on whether the Texas man should have been put to death.

Man allegedly stabbed by woman in lacrosse scandal diesupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 11:09:00

A man who police say was recently stabbed by the accuser in the 2006 Duke University lacrosse scandal has died, the Durham County, North Carolina, medical examiner's office confirmed Thursday.

Duke lacrosse accuser arrested in boyfriend's stabbingupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 10:15:00

The woman who accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape five years ago was arrested Sunday, suspected of stabbing her boyfriend, police said.

Fire expert criticizes investigation that led to executionupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 21:41:00

His testimony delayed for more than a year, an arson expert Friday sharply criticized the investigation that led to the 2004 execution of a man convicted of killing his three daughters in a house fire.

Arson suspect's mom: 'We are in shock'updated: Fri Oct 22 2010 15:58:00

The mother of arson suspect Alexander Piggee discusses the suspicion that her son set a fire in a California mall.

Advocate challenges impartiality of Texas prosecutor probing executionupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 14:42:00

An advocate for the family of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed six years ago after a fire killed three of his daughters, is sharply questioning the objectivity of the head of the Texas commission looking into whether the man was rightly convicted.

Convict in disputed execution was guilty, ex-wife saysupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 08:30:00

The ex-wife of a Texas convict executed in 2004 for the deaths of his three children reaffirmed her belief in his guilt Wednesday as his relatives sought to open a new inquiry into the case.

Junk science? Another inmate on death row fights to disprove arsonupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 10:28:00

This is the story of two fathers who drank too much and fought with their wives but, their families say, loved their children more than anything in the world.

Texas state board says arson investigators used flawed scienceupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 21:12:00

A Texas state board said Friday that arson investigators used flawed science but were not negligent in an investigation that led to a controversial 2004 execution.

Texans wonder if they executed an innocent manupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 08:12:00

A Texas state board is set Friday to revisit questions surrounding a controversial 2004 execution, with supporters of the man's family warning the panel is trying to bury its own critical review of the case.

Police: Man drove car bomb into a bankupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 03:40:00

A man is in custody on charges of felony arson after allegedly driving a car bomb into an Illinois bank Friday evening.

Police: Two arrested in connection with string of attacks on officersupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 22:48:00

Two men have been arrested in California in connection with a string of brazen attacks in the past six months thought to be targeting law enforcement.

Hospital: 16th person dies from burns in El Salvador bus attackupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 14:19:00

A 16th person has died from burns suffered in a Sunday night arson attack on a mass transit bus in El Salvador, authorities said Friday. Two other people were shot to death in a separate attack on another bus around the same time.

Shoe prints, tapes link suspects to Texas church arsonsupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 09:49:00

Shoe prints left behind at the scene of several church fires in east Texas, as well as surveillance tapes and witness accounts, led police to two men now charged in one blaze and suspected in a string of others, according to court documents.

2 held in church arson caseupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 15:48:00

Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of church fires in Texas.

Texas church fire suspects appear in courtupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 15:48:00

Wearing red jail coveralls and grim expressions, two suspects who authorities believe are responsible for a string of church fires in east Texas appeared in court Monday.

Churches watching for arsonistupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 15:19:00

Church congregations in east Texas are on high alert after 10 churches were set on fire. KTRK's Christine Dobbyn reports.

Two latest Texas church fires ruled arsonupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 13:59:00

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.

String of church arsons has east Texas residents on edgeupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 16:54:00

Rousted out of bed by an early morning phone call, Kay Crosby stood in the rain and watched her church burn.

Man charged in Massachusetts fire deathsupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 18:29:00

Investigators have charged a man with murder in the deaths of two people in one of nine fires that broke out within a 75-minute span recently in Massachusetts, authorities said Tuesday.

Massachusetts authorities investigating spate of suspicious firesupdated: Mon Dec 28 2009 14:40:00

Local and state authorities in Northampton, Massachusetts, are investigating nine suspicious fires that have killed two people and left residents shaken, officials said Sunday.

2 dead in Northampton firesupdated: Mon Dec 28 2009 14:40:00

A community is in shock after a series of suspicious fires left two dead. Affiliate WWLP reports.

2 dead in series of Massachusetts blazesupdated: Sun Dec 27 2009 19:22:00

Local and state authorities in Northampton, Massachusetts, are investigating a string of suspicious fires that killed two people and left residents shaken, officials said Sunday.

Station fire caused by arsonupdated: Sat Sep 05 2009 22:55:00

Investigators say a massive fire that has charred more than 147,000 acres in southern California was caused by arson.

Death penalty for arsonistupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 21:15:00

Raymond Lee Oyler, a 38-year-old serial arsonist who lit a brush fire that killed five firefighters is sentenced to death.

Arsonist gets death penalty for murders of 5 firefightersupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 21:15:00

A California man convicted of the 2006 arson murders of five U.S. Forest Service firefighters was sentenced to death Friday.

Pennsylvania firefighter charged in two arsonsupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 09:06:00

A firefighter in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was arrested Monday in connection with two recent arson incidents, authorities said.

Man may get death penalty in firefighters' deathsupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 19:26:00

A California jury Wednesday recommended the death penalty after convicting a man on murder and arson charges in the deaths of five U.S. Forest Service firefighters who died in a 2006 blaze outside Los Angeles.

Arson suspect arrestedupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 13:15:00

A man has been arrested in connection with a string of arsons in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

Second arrest made in devastating Pennsylvania arsonsupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 13:15:00

Authorities have made a second arrest related to a series of arsons in the Coatesville, Pennsylvania, area, the Chester County Arson Task Force said late Thursday.

18th arson of the year burns in Pennsylvania townupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 13:05:00

A fire on the back porch of a home in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was the town's 18th arson fire of the year, authorities determined Wednesday morning.

Four more Pennsylvania fires ruled to be arsonsupdated: Sat Jan 31 2009 15:58:00

Four more fires were deliberately set early Saturday in an area of eastern Pennsylvania plagued by arsons, authorities said.

Who's behind wave of arsons?updated: Sat Jan 31 2009 15:58:00

The small city of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, has its 14th suspected arson this month alone. CNN's Josh Levs reports.

New fire reported in Coatesville; ATF investigatesupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 11:45:00

Federal agents are investigating another suspicious fire in a Pennsylvania town that has endured a string of arsons, a spokesman said Wednesday.

After almost 30 arsons, residents want answersupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 10:44:00

Residents looking for an end to a string of arson fires went to Coatesville City Hall on Monday demanding action.

Suspicious Pennsylvania fireupdated: Sun Jan 25 2009 16:07:00

Investigators probe the latest in a series of possible arson fires in southeastern Pennsylvania.

One month, 14 fires, one big arson investigationupdated: Sun Jan 25 2009 16:07:00

The fourteenth suspicious fire in a month's time hit a small community near Philadelphia before dawn Sunday.

Iran: Religious minority reports arson attacksupdated: Tue Jul 29 2008 12:36:00

Iran's Baha'i community -- a religious minority that has faced persecution in the Islamic republic -- is reporting a string of arson attacks targeting homes and vehicles.

Texas governor's mansion fire may be case of arsonupdated: Sun Jun 08 2008 14:31:00

An early morning fire that severely damaged the Texas governor's mansion in Austin may have been caused by arson, fire officials said Sunday.

Police confident man will face arson chargesupdated: Wed May 14 2008 22:05:00

Authorities said they are confident the probation violator with a lengthy criminal record they arrested will be charged in connection with wildfires that destroyed 22 homes.

Germany suspects arson in attack on Turksupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 06:21:00

German police said Friday they suspect arson caused an overnight fire at a house inhabited by three Turkish families in southern Germany.

Arson angers residentsupdated: Sat Oct 27 2007 10:03:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports on the Santiago fire investigation and arrests made in connection with other blazes.

White truck sought by California arson investigatorsupdated: Sat Oct 27 2007 10:03:00

Officials are searching for the driver of a white truck seen on Santiago Canyon Road on Sunday, near the time the Santiago fire started, Orange County authorities said Friday.

Fire forensicsupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 11:40:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper joins Doug Lannon of Cal Fire to learn how to determine the origin of a fire.

Fire investigators go through dirt to get into mind of arsonistsupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 11:40:00

It was the second day of the massive 2002 Hayman wildfire that charred nearly 138,000 acres just outside Denver, Colorado, destroying more than 100 homes and sending 8,000 fleeing for safety.

Fire chief: 25,000-acre blaze was setupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 02:22:00

One of the larger fires in Southern California was deliberately started by someone with apparent knowledge of arson, a fire official said Thursday.

Town torn over 'confession' by accused killer arsonist, 10updated: Tue Oct 02 2007 09:52:00

A 10-year-old boy charged with arson and murder in the deaths of his mother and four others was released to the custody of his grandmother Monday in a case that has shocked and divided a small Ohio town.

Greek agents probe 'arson plot'updated: Tue Aug 28 2007 06:39:00

With wildfires raging across the countryside, Greece's government says it has enlisted intelligence and counterterrorism agents to foil what it sees as a deliberate plan by arsonists to destroy Greek forests.

Firefighters get L.A. blaze under controlupdated: Wed May 09 2007 00:09:00

Firefighters had a wildfire burning around Los Angeles' famed Griffith Park 75 percent contained Wednesday afternoon, and full containment was expected by Thursday night, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.

Man charged with murder after fire guts apartments updated: Wed Jan 17 2007 17:57:00

A man was charged with first-degree murder in a suspicious fire at an apartment complex that killed at least two people, authorities said Wednesday.

Zimbabwean star charged with arsonupdated: Thu Nov 02 2006 14:35:00

Former Zimbabwe Test batsman Mark Vermeulen has been charged with arson in Harare, local police have revealed.

Police: Arson suspect may have info on California fireupdated: Wed Nov 01 2006 15:56:00

A man arrested Tuesday in connection with a June wildfire is a "person of interest" in last week's wildfire in Southern California that killed five firefighters and ravaged more the 40,000 acres, authorities said.

Three questioned about deadly California wildfireupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 16:03:00

Three people have been questioned in connection with the arson that investigators say sparked the deadly Esperanza wildfire that killed four firefighters

Official: Arsonist caused fire that killed four firefightersupdated: Thu Oct 26 2006 17:56:00

A raging wildfire near Palm Springs that has killed four firefighters and burned about 10,000 acres was deliberately set, said John Hawkins, of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention's Riverside County Fire Department.

Church arson suspects hit with 46 state chargesupdated: Wed May 03 2006 12:47:00

Three college students facing federal charges in a string of Alabama church fires also face state charges, the state's attorney general said Wednesday.

Tenth Alabama church fire ruled arsonupdated: Sun Feb 12 2006 13:57:00

A fire that burned a northwest Alabama church Saturday was determined to be arson and may be related to nine other church fires in the state, authorities said.

Handprint could be key to church fire probeupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 19:05:00

Investigators looking into the fires at nine Baptist churches in Alabama over the past week are hoping a handprint left on one church's front door may help catch a perpetrator.

Forensic psychologist: Arsonist may hold grudge updated: Thu Feb 09 2006 10:12:00

Authorities are scrambling to find out who set churches on fire in rural Alabama. Nine fires appear to be linked: Investigators ruled five Baptist churchs near Birmingham found burning on Friday were deliberately set, and four Baptist church blazes on Tuesday were suspiciously similar to those.

Bomb suspect was a 'good son'updated: Fri Jul 22 2005 12:26:00

The mother of Germaine Lindsay, the youngest of the July 7 London bombers, is expressing doubt about her son's involvement in the attacks that killed 52 commuters and injured hundreds.

3 held for arson at suspect's homeupdated: Fri Jul 22 2005 09:33:00

Police have made three arrests over an attempted arson attack near the unoccupied family home of July 7 London bomber Germaine Lindsay in Northern Road, Aylesbury.

Source: Suspect confesses to 33 D.C. area arsonsupdated: Wed Apr 27 2005 13:20:00

A suspect arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the D.C. serial arson investigation has confessed to at least 33 fires that had been linked to the probe, and to some others that had not been, a senior law enforcement official told CNN.

Guard arrested in Maryland firesupdated: Thu Dec 16 2004 18:22:00

A security guard was arrested on arson charges Thursday in connection with the fires that destroyed 10 homes under construction in a Maryland subdivision outside Washington last week, authorities said.

Arson attack on Chechen exileupdated: Sat Oct 16 2004 10:33:00

Exiled Chechen rebel envoy Akhmed Zakayev has suffered an arson attack at his London home, the British Foreign Office has confirmed.

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