Urban wildfire: When homes are the fuel for a runaway blaze, how do you rebuild a safer community?
TALENT, Ore. — Late morning on Sept. 8, forest scientist Dominick DellaSala sat at the desk in his home office to do a final edit on a newspaper opinion piece. The topic: The need to better prepare for catastrophic wildfires — or “black swan events” — that can rampage through neighborhoods.His computer screen went dark. The power had gone out.He went outside to investigate the outage. Looking south, he spotted a dense cloud of smoke.“This was totally black. It was huge. And it was heading in our direction,” DellaSala recalls.DellaSala spent the next few hours up on his roof, cleaning out gutte...
The Seattle Times
Police: Suspected arson levels garage at Minneapolis-area home with 'Trump 2020' flags
MINNEAPOLIS — A suspicious fire before dawn Wednesday in a Minneapolis suburb destroyed a freshly vandalized residential garage where Donald Trump presidential campaign flags were displayed, authorities said.Police and firefighters responded to the blaze in the 6900 block of N. Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn Center shortly before 4 a.m. that burned down the detached garage and totaled three vehicles inside, according to police. Minor damage was done to the house, and were no injuries were reported.Officers and firefighters helped the family save three dogs and four puppies from the home, police sai...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Facebook to delete 'false' claims about Oregon fires as conspiracy theorists unfoundedly blame Antifa
As conspiracy theories and baseless claims about arson swirl around the deadly Oregon wildfires, Facebook said Saturday that it will work to take down “false” posts and misinformation.Without providing details about the allegations that have accused Antifa, or anti-fascists, of causing the fires, Facebook said it will delete posts that the flames were started by “certain groups.”“This is based on confirmation from law enforcement that these rumors are forcing local fire and police agencies to divert resources from fighting the fires and protecting the public,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone sai...
New York Daily News
Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano accused of sexually abusing man in 1980s who faced arson charge in his court
Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano sexually abused a man accused of arson in his court in the 1980s, a lawsuit charged Friday.The federal lawsuit filed by South Carolina resident Charles Corbishley alleges that Napolitano attacked him at a Hackensack, N.J., home.Corbishley seeks $10 million under the New Jersey Child Victims Act.“You know, you could be going away for a long time,” Napolitano allegedly told Corbishely, who was 20 years old at the time, according to the lawsuit.Napolitano, who was wearing a trench coat, then told Corbishley to “be a good boy” and forced him to “perfo...
New York Daily News
Missouri man sentenced to federal prison for setting fire to Planned Parenthood clinic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a 43-year-old Missouri man to five years in federal prison for arson at a clinic operated by Planned Parenthood Great Plains, according to a news release.U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes ordered Wesley Brian Kaster, of Columbia, to serve the sentence without parole.“This defendant’s criminal behavior placed the community in an unacceptable risk of danger,” said Timothy Garrison, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, in the release.“We will not tolerate the use of violence and arson as a means to achieve personal political o...
The Kansas City Star
Federal grand jury indicts 4 men on arson charges for Minneapolis 3rd Precinct fire
MINNEAPOLIS — A federal grand jury on Tuesday handed up an indictment charging four Minnesota men with conspiring to set fire to the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct building in the civil unrest that followed the May 25 police killing of George Floyd.All but one have previously been charged by prosecutors before the new charges were announced Tuesday in an indictment, which is a more formal mechanism required before the defendants can go to trial. The indictment alleges that they worked with additional unidentified co-conspirators to set fire to the police precinct in south Minneapolis.The thre...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Manhunt Begins In D.C. After Suspected Arson Attack At ‘Pizzagate’ Restaurant ‘Comet Ping Pong’
A manhunt has begun after Comet Ping Pong, the Washington, D.C. pizzeria at the center of the infamous and false far-right “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, was the subject of an arson attack last week.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted on Friday two photos of the alleged arsonist, who is the main suspect in the incident from Wednesday. The bureau also added a contact number.According to The Washington Post, the suspect left behind several charred matches and lighter fluid by the curtains set he lit on fire. No one was injured during the incident.SLIDESHOW: DONALD TRU...