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Illinois Firefighter Charged with Arson

A volunteer firefighter suspected in a series of fires has been arrested in Illinois. Blake T. Walsh, 24, the Williamsfield Fire Department was arrested yesterday in connection with a “series of arsons involving hay bales and grass fields which primarily ...

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Former Minnesota Chief Pleads Guilty to Arson

A former Minnesota fire chief has pled guilty to federal arson charges. Ryan Scharber, formerly the fire chief for the City of Babbitt, pled guilty in US District Court last Friday to two charges: one count of setting fires on ...

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Long Island Volunter Charged Following Vehicle Fire

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a volunteer firefighter on Long Island, New York, has been charged in connection with a fire involving two vehicles at his fire station. Firefighter Steven Pena of the Freeport Fire Department was arrested and charged ...

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More Arson and Theft Cases in the News

Three volunteer firefighters in three different states are in the news today for misconduct, and the charges are no surprise: arson and theft from a volunteer fire department. In Idaho, an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter has been arrested for setting a ...

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Montana Chief In Hot Water Over Open Burning

An assistant fire chief from a small town in Montana has been charged with negligent arson, official misconduct, and operating on a suspended license following a fire last April that damaged several vehicles, storage sheds, timbers, plywood, flooring, windows, and ...

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Maine Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Arson

A volunteer firefighter suspected in a series of fires in Maine last summer, accepted a plea agreement last week and began serving a prison term. Timothy Tiess, 37, of the Pleasant Point Fire Department, was charged with five counts of ...

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Erie Seeks Reversal of Verdict in Favor of Wolski

The city of Erie, Pennsylvania is asking a Federal court judge to reverse a jury verdict in the wrongful termination/discrimination case of female firefighter Mary Wolski. Recall two weeks ago the jury granted Wolski $206,000 in back pay and reinstatement finding ...

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Erie Firefighter to Get Her Job Back

The Erie firefighter who was terminated from the department after she tried to commit suicide by setting fire to clothes in a bathtub, has won her job back. Mary Wolski, 45, the department’s first female firefighter, set the fire hoping that the ...

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