Tag Archives: arson

15 Sicilian Firefighters Charged With Arson

Fifteen volunteer firefighters in Sicily have been arrested on arson charges. The firefighters from the town of Ragusa are also accused of calling in false alarms. The fires and the false alarms appear to be associated with a scheme to increase their stipends that were tied to responses.

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Pennsylvania Fire Law: Criminal Edition

Two criminal cases from Pennsylvania are in the fire law news today. Both involve 21-year-old volunteer firefighters. In Redstone Township, fire captain George A. Matis stands charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of junior firefighter Parker Hess in the fire station.

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Advice For Handling Incident Scene Photos

Today’s burning question: I am assigned to our fire investigations unit and we are working on a policy to address how we handle the photos that we take. What do you recommend? Answer: My recommendation is you sit down with the following and determine what they want you to do:

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Phoenix Sued for Wrongful Arrest in Arson Case

An innocent man who spent 14 months in jail on arson charges has filed suit against the city of Phoenix and the arson investigators who accused him of setting the fire. Carl Vincent Ball Caples filed suit in Maricopia County Superior Court last week claiming the city failed to hire properly trained investigators, failed to provide the investigators with proper training, and permitted them to use outdated and discredited investigation techniques leading to his wrongful arrest and incarceration.

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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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Georgia Firefighter Suspected in Over 20 Arson Fires

A volunteer firefighter in Lafayette, Georgia has been arrested and charged with one count of arson. However, Marvin Chase, 32, is a suspect in over 20 fires and is being referred to as a serial arsonist. According to one news report he admitted ...

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Volunteer Firefighter Sentenced for Arson

A former Whites Crossing, PA volunteer firefighter was sentenced on November 17, 2009 for his role in a number of arson fires that caused over $3 million in damages. Benjamin B. Christensen was sentenced to serve between 10 to 20 ...

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Nevada: Parents Sued for Son’s Arson

The Clark County, Nevada School District is suing the parents of a teenager who allegedly set fire to a high school in 2008. The fire in the boys locker room at Palo Verde High School caused approximately $71,000 in damages. ...

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