Spurned man torches 7 vehicles during cosplay convention, arrested

ONTARIO — A Riverside man is in custody after officials allege he torched the vehicle of a woman he had been stalking, which was parked at an Ontario hotel early Sunday morning, Jan. 13. A total of seven vehicles were damaged or destroyed by the ensuing blaze, which officers say was purposely set at Azure Hotel & Suites at 1945 […]

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Community reporter tracks down man wanted for questioning after suspicious Hemet fire

HEMET — A local community reporter and photo journalist known for responding to San Jacinto valley law enforcement and fire incidents was instrumental in tracking down and locating a man wanted for questioning after a suspicious fire behind a Hemet business yesterday morning, Wednesday, Jan. 9. Although the man was detained and then arrested, it was not immediately known if […]

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Furious after running out of gas, man torches own car

REDDING — A man who officers warned after investigating reports that he was smashing out the windows of and destroying his own vehicle was later arrested after setting fire to his vehicle in the parking lot of a Redding business, Tuesday, Dec. 11. Redding PD later said the man, identified as  Dane Allan Brayman, 39, of Antelope, CA, was angry […]

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Unoccupied Burney home that burned last April burns again

BURNEY — Officials are investigating a suspicious residential structure fire that erupted yesterday at an abandoned Burney home less than half mile from Burney’s Fire Station 17. The home, at 36764 Woods Ave, near Oak St. and behind Pit River Mini Mart, previously caught fire and burned in mid-April. LEADING THE SCNS HEADLINES: Road rage may have led to Oak […]

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Suspected arsonist arrested as firefighters continue battling 5,000 ac. Cranston Fire

UPDATE: Thursday, July 26, 5 p.m. With 50 photos and videos A man suspected of setting a series of wildfires in southwest Riverside County and Federal areas along State Highway 74 in the San Bernardino National Forest was arrested Wednesday afternoon, July 25, according to police and fire officials. One of the blazes the arsonist is suspected of setting is […]

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Cornered by deputies, burglar tries to set fire to bank, hang himself

LAKE ELSINORE — Reports of a burglary in progress at a Lake Elsinore bank this morning led to the eventual arrest of a Perris man who reportedly attempted to set fire to the building, tried to hang himself, and later fought with deputies trying to rescue him from the bank’s smoke-filled attic. The bizarre incident happened at Bank of America on […]

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MORENO VALLEY: Girl, 15, charged with arson, murder, after bed-ridden victim’s death

MORENO VALLEY — A 15-year-old girl has been arrested and charged with arson and murder after firefighters found an unresponsive woman inside a Moreno Valley home that burned late Tuesday night. According to sheriff’s officials, both the victim and alleged suspect lived at the blue and white, single-story home that sits on the southeast corner of Ferndell Street and Cloverfield Road in […]

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HOMELAND: Two displaced after second fire on same rural road within 3 weeks

HOMELAND: Officials are investigating a second mobile home fire that destroyed a residence and left two adults homeless, early Wednesday morning, Jan. 24. Wednesday’s blaze, which destroyed a double-wide mobile home and caused an estimated $50,000 in damage, was the second fire to happen on the same street within the last three weeks. Both fires happened on the 32000 block […]

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Corona man arrested after breaking into and setting fire to Temecula woman’s home

TEMECULA — Officials arrested a man they allege broke into and set fire to a woman’s home before carjacking the victim’s vehicle, Saturday morning, Nov. 11. The early morning incident happened at a private residence on the 40100 block of Canton Court in Temecula, according to officials. After an investigation deputies arrested the man, identified as Jack Lee Larrabee, 28, of Corona. He was later booked […]

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REDDING: Parolee arrested trying to set garage afire, with children and others inside

REDDING — Authorities arrested a recent parolee they allege resisted arrest after allegedly trying to set fire to a garage while other people, including children, were inside it Friday, Aug. 18. After briefly holding officers at bay, he was apprehended with help from a Redding PD K-9. John Strong, 31, of Redding, who is on parole for robbery, was later booked into Shasta […]

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