Bennie G. Thompson

Mississippi probe of church arson advances amid secrecy

A police chief in the Mississippi Delta says a "person of interest" is talking to investigators about the torching of an African-American church that was spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump."

Greenville Police Chief Delando Wilson said the man voluntarily went to the police department, without an attorney, and spoke to detectives Wednesday and Thursday. Wilson stopped short of calling him a suspect and would not release his name, saying Thursday: "We just want to ensure the integrity of the investigation."

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was about 80 percent destroyed in the fire set intentionally Tuesday night, Greenville Fire Chief...