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    A man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson after a fire last week destroyed the historic Victory Baptist Church in South Los Angeles and injured three firefighters, according to authorities. The fire broke out at 2:22 a.m. on Sept. 11 in the 4800 block of South McKinley Avenue and grew to major emergency status, requiring 16 companies to respond, according to Nicholas Prange, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department. After receiving reports of smoke coming from the church, crews found heavy smoke inside, introducing more air and causing the fire to worsen, according to a department news release. Investigators from the department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section and detectives from the Los Angeles School Police Department arrested 23-year-old Carlos Diaz in South L.A., authorities said. He was charged with arson after the fire department launched an investigation and reviewed security footage, authorities said. California A little more than two years after a devastating fire, the San Gabriel Mission is nearly restored San Gabriel Mission clergy and staff allowed guests inside the Roman Catholic house of worship,...
    A woman was arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire was set at a 7-Eleven store in the Mid-Wilshire area on Monday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of West Olympic Boulevard. The suspect, identified as Caren Satterfield, 47, entered the store and started displaying erratic behavior, Officer Annie Hernandez said. “The suspect started yelling and damaging property. The employee was able to hide in the office and called the police,” Hernandez said. California 7-Eleven robberies: D.A. charges man with 3 murders, calling him ‘stone-cold serial killer’ 7-Eleven suspect Malik Patt, 20, has been charged with murder. Officials say he and accomplice are linked to 13 robberies in Southern California. Before police arrived, video footage shows a woman trashing the store, throwing items, breaking windows and ultimately using objects to block the entrance, barricading herself in the store. As police attempted to take the suspect into custody, she allegedly started a fire by using a cigarette lighter and “piling a bunch of...
    A Laguna Niguel man was arrested after arson investigators determined a string of fires along Ortega Highway were set intentionally, officials said. A joint investigation between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Orange County Fire Authority, Cal Fire, and U.S. Forest Service lead detectives to Homayon Farnoodymeher, 46, after evidence was found. The sheriff’s department declined to specify what evidence they discovered, as the investigation was ongoing. Investigators believe the arson fires in the area set by Farnoodymeher date back to October 2021, although there were no damages to structures or injuries as a result of those fires. In March, a California Highway Patrol incident log noted a man seen setting fires in the area when the San Juan fire broke out. The fire was put out in a few hours and the cause of the fire was under investigation. Farnoodymeher was arrested and booked on suspicion of arson on April 19 and released on bond from Orange County Jail the following day. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Alameda County D.A. charges man with vehicular manslaughter, injury hit-and-run...
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KABC) -- A huge fire at a carport in Thousand Oaks kept crews busy Saturday night, and one person was detained for possible arson.The fire broke out at the Oaks Knoll Villas in the 400 block of Arbor Lane Court.Video from the scene along Arbor Lane Court shows several cars destroyed by the flames. Overall, 13 vehicles were destroyed, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.Much of the carport was also destroyed, but Ventura County firefighters were able to keep the blaze from extending into any residential units.No injuries were reported.Officials say that one person was detained suspected of possible arson and DUI.The cause of the fire is under investigation.
    WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC) -- A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fast-moving brush fire that destroyed at least two homes in Whittier, authorities say.The fire broke out Thursday afternoon in the area of Cinco View Drive and East Banyan Rim Drive, near Sycamore Park. It grew to about 7 acres at one point. The fire was mostly put out shortly after and was downgraded to about 4 acres.Authorities say the man, only described as being in his 50s, had been found in the canyon with burns after the fire started. He was arrested on suspicion of arson.It's still unclear exactly how the fire started.AIR7 flew above the area and captured the two homes up in flames. More than 200 firefighters were requested to assist and were spotted putting out hot spots throughout the area.At around 4 p.m., most of those spots appeared to have simmered down, though the area remained on high alert.
    Two men suspected of setting fires in Contra Costa County last week have been arrested, authorities said Tuesday. The fires were set in Pittsburg and Clayton, and neither caused an injury. In a statement from Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Hill, the agency said investigators arrested a 42-year-old Oakley resident following a blaze Saturday in the 3700 block of Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg and a 57-year-old Concord man after a fire Friday in the 1500 block of Kirker Pass Road in Clayton. In the Saturday blaze, fire crews and police were dispatched after a person was reported to be opening fire hydrants. The Oakley resident told first responders he set a fire in a nearby business that was unoccupied, Hill said. Fire crews removed a small container with burning material inside, Hill said. There was no damage to the business. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of arson to property and tampering with a utility, according to the agency. A day earlier, fire crews responded to a large debris fire at the rear door a business. Hill said...
    CAMINO, Calif. — Two people have been arrested on suspicion of setting fires in Amador County, officials said. On Thursday, law enforcement officers with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection arrested a man for “recklessly starting a fire” near Highway 88 and Dalton Road, the agency said in a news release. A woman was arrested the same day on suspicion of setting a series of arson fires in Plymouth. The arrests were separate and not connected to the Caldor Fire, Cal Fire said. The cause of that fire remains under investigation. As of Friday, it covered 218,459 acres and was 53% contained. Related Articles Seven Capitol rioters plead guilty, including man who threatened Pelosi Feds cite ‘seditious conspiracy’ in warrant for lawyer’s phone ‘Slender Man’ attacker Anissa Weier, 19, to be freed Monday Elizabeth Holmes trial: Loving texts from Holmes to ‘abuser’ Balwani as they hunted leakers Police: Flare gun, skateboard deployed in Marin parking conflict Cal Fire law enforcement officers made 103 arson arrests between Jan....
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — A woman was undergoing a mental health evaluation after being arrested at an Orange County hotel where she stands accused of starting a fire in her own room. The unidentified woman allegedly called police just before 6:20 a.m. Sunday and threatened to start a fire, police said in a news release. As a result, officers responded to her hotel room in the 3100 block of Bristol Street. READ MORE: Long Beach Man Arrested In Connection With Fatal Shooting When they arrived, a smoke alarm was sounding inside the room where the woman was barriaded. Officers were able to enter the room, and subsequently arrested the suspect. READ MORE: Face Coverings No Longer Required For Parishioners Who Are Fully Vaccinated Neighboring rooms were evacuated. The fire was subsequently put out. MORE NEWS: Report: COVID-19 Vaccine Rates Among Police, Fire Agencies Is Lower Than Other Adults No further details were available but the incident remains under investigation.
    By Bay City News Service A 28-year-old transient man was arrested for felony arson Thursday in the unincorporated community of Rio Nido, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies, Cal Fire, and the Sonoma County and Monte Rio fire districts responded to the 9 a.m. report of a vegetation fire. The report included a description and location of the suspect, the sheriff’s office said. The fire had started at the site of a former homeless camp beneath a bridge that had been cleared earlier last week due to its proximity to the waterway’s high water mark, the office said. Deputies located and detained Todd Bowman, one of the people removed from the camp. Bowman was described as “covered in soot.” After questioning, deputies arrested him on suspicion of felony arson and a misdemeanor charge of putting pollutants near a waterway. He was taken to the Sonoma County Jail and held on $10,000 bail.
    AZUSA (CBSLA) — Authorities were searching for a 36-year-old man experiencing homelessness who stands accused of starting the Ranch 2 fire in Azusa that scorched 1,500 acres. Police say Osmin Palencia was last seen in the Azusa Canyon riverbed and is believed to be violent. Authorities urged the public to call police if Palencia is spotted. Evacuation orders for the area have been lifted, though containment for the fire stood at around three percent. The Ranch 2 Fire was reported about 2:45 p.m. Thursday near North San Gabriel Canyon Road and North Ranch Road, according to authorities. Anyone with information about Palencia’s whereabouts was encouraged to contact the Azusa Police Department at 626-812-3200.
    PACIFICA – A 50-year-old San Francisco man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in Pacifica, authorities said. Officers were called to the area of Gypsy Hill and Sharp Park roads about 7:05 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a person intentionally setting fire to vegetation, the Pacifica Police Department said in a news release. They arrived to find two small burned sections of grass. Community members who reported the fire directed police to the suspected arsonist. He was detained and identified by a witness as the person who set the blaze, police said. The suspect, identified as Carlos Segundo HenriquezCortez, was arrested and booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City on an arson charge. He is being held on $50,000 bail and is due in court Thursday, according to jail records. Related Articles Feds say visiting Stanford researcher concealed ties to Chinese military Belmont man arrested on suspicion of trying to meet girl for sex act Peninsula man arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography Suspect sought in attempted Peninsula...
    PACIFICA (CBS SF) — Pacifica police arrested a San Francisco man suspected of arson on Tuesday evening, the department said Wednesday. Officers and members of the North County Fire Authority responded at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday to a report of someone intentionally starting a vegetation fire on a hillside in the area of Gypsy Hill and Sharp Park roads. Officers found a pair of small charred sections of grass on the hillside near the intersection. Witnesses in the area alerted officers to the nearby location of the suspect, 50-year-old Carlos Henriquez Cortez, who was subsequently arrested. No injuries were reported as a result of the hillside fires. Officers booked Henriquez Cortez into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of arson. Witnesses with additional information about the case are advised to contact the Pacifica Police Department at (650) 738-7314. Tips can also be given anonymously at (650) 359-4444.
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