| Apr 30, 2014
| 4:49 PM
Richard Hyerczyk sat stone still with a slightly pained expression in a federal courtroom Wednesday as a judge read aloud the violent and racist rants he’d mailed to people who angered him over the years.
There were threats to officials at a...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:26 PM
A 78-year-old man accused of setting a fire that destroyed the San Pedro Elks Lodge was charged Thursday with arson and other charges, prosecutors announced.
Nick Pecarich was charged with one count each of arson of a structure, grand theft of...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 4:30 PM
When a fire broke out at a home on Myrtle Avenue in Halethorpe, members of the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department arrived to beat back the blaze. It proved too strong, destroying the structure and sending two firefighters to the hospital.
| Apr 15, 2014
| 7:55 PM
A former Compton Fire Department battalion chief pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of arson of property and embezzlement by a public official.
Marcel Melanson, 38, was accused of stealing valuable city-owned radio equipment, then setting a...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 3:27 PM
A Southeast Side man who allegedly set fires outside his ex-girlfriend's garage in January appeared in bond court Saturday on a felony arson charge.
Prosecutors said Norman W. Cage, 58, became upset after his ex-girlfriend moved some of his...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 4:58 PM
A man convicted of setting a fire that killed a 7-year-old girl and her pregnant mother in an Albany Park apartment in 2009 has been sentenced to 90 years in prison, authorities said.
Jovan Djurdjlov, 23, was found guilty in January of the murder of...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 6:29 PM
A North Dakota Catholic high school principal has been charged with setting fire to the building, forcing classes to be canceled for the week and rendering the half-century-old schoolhouse unusable until at least summer.
Thomas Joseph Sander, 30, is...
| May 16, 2014
| 9:20 AM
More than 2,600 firefighters are now fighting the brush fires in San Diego County and other parts of California, officials said Friday.
Forecasts of onshore winds, cooler temperatures and higher humidity fanned hopes for better firefighting conditions....
| May 16, 2014
| 9:03 PM
As weary firefighters battled stubborn brush fires for a fourth day Friday, billowing black smoke drifted northward, causing health warnings throughout much of Southern California.
By mid-afternoon, the air hanging stagnantly over Los Angeles was...
| May 17, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Helped by cooler temperatures and calmer winds, firefighters on Saturday continued battling four major brush fires in northern San Diego County: one in San Marcos and three on military bases.
More than 27,000 acres have been burned since Tuesday as fire...
| May 20, 2014
| 12:42 PM
No charges will be filed against a 19-year-old man who was arrested last week by Escondido police on suspicion of trying to set two brush fires as a series of destructive blazes spread across northern San Diego County, prosecutors announced Tuesday....