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Archive for Friday, December 28, 2012

ATF increases reward after Thursday morning’s suspected arson case

December 28, 2012, 10:05 a.m. Updated December 28, 2012, 12:11 p.m.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in a string of suspected arsons, according to a news release issued Friday morning by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.

The reward increase, which had previously been $5,000, comes a day after another suspected arson case in south-central Lawrence.

Mark Bradford, chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said Friday that an early Thursday morning trash can fire in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane at the Park Plaza South apartment complex, is the latest suspected arson.

Police and fire crews responded to the call about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, when a caller reported seeing a man put something in the trash can, which then burned. When police found it, the trash can was smoldering.

The fire was located just a few blocks from a string of suspected arsons that have been reported in the area.

Thursday's fire is one of 19 suspected arsons since Oct. 19 in a several block area in Lawrence, according to Friday's news release.

Most of the fires have been close to occupied apartment buildings, but have been small and easily extinguished, and no injuries have been reported.

Bradford also confirmed that a Dec. 22 fire in the 2400 block of Alabama Street was also consistent with the other suspected arson.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical at 785-830-7065, the Lawrence Police Department at 785-830-7430 or the TIPS Hotline at 785-843-TIPS (8477).

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Public safety officials say there have been a series of intentionally set fires at apartment complexes in this area of Lawrence since Oct. 19.

Comments

Matthew Herbert 2 years ago

Do any Lawrence apartments have security cameras?

Pete_Schweti 2 years ago

I'm pretty sure the area homeowners will offer $10K for any witnesses to keep quiet and let this play itself out.

Bursting 2 years ago

You sir, are out of your mind.

kernal 1 year, 12 months ago

He doesn't warrant being called sir.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 12 months ago

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in a string of suspected arsons, according to a news release issued Friday morning by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.

glad for the increase, but honestly, once this guy harms somebody, the pricetag goes way above this!

bearded_gnome 1 year, 12 months ago

Most of the fires have been close to occupied apartment buildings, but have been small and easily extinguished, and no injuries have been reported.

---some were inside apartments.
and in at least one fire, I know two victims, the situation got awefully close to injury indeed!

plus, the turse language here tends to understate the amount of fear this is causing residents in that area. it also understates the amount of stress caused by displacement cauxsde by these fires. fortunately mostly people haven't been displaced, so far.

Ian_Cummings 1 year, 12 months ago

Officials have not been releasing details about the fires — location, materials — because of the ongoing investigation. And certainly, any fires inside or around an occupied building should be cause for alarm.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 12 months ago

about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, when a caller reported seeing a man put something in the trash can, which then burned.

---if I am not mistaken, this is big news! a witness has seen somebody directly linked to a fire in this string!
this is good news.

Ian_Cummings 1 year, 12 months ago

Unfortunately, the caller did not pick up the phone when police called back to talk more about what they had seen. So, still no description of a suspect.

John Reher 1 year, 12 months ago

If I ever see this guy, I'm going to light his a** on fire and see if anyone comes to put him out.

Dusty 1 year, 12 months ago

I wish they would give us a description or what we should be looking for regarding this guy, a profile or whatever. Waiting for this guy to confess or brag to someone he knows may never happen.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 12 months ago

Ian_Cummings 2 hours, 17 minutes ago

Officials have not been releasing details about the fires — location, materials — because of the ongoing investigation. And certainly, any fires inside or around an occupied building should be cause for

---thanks Ian, yes, I know the officials have to keep things close to the vest.

Greg Cooper 1 year, 12 months ago

Hey, I know who it was. It was that one guy!

Please send me my check. Thank you.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 12 months ago

Ian_Cummings 2 hours, 29 minutes ago

Unfortunately, the caller did not pick up the phone when police called back to talk more about what they had seen. So, still no description of a suspe

---Ian, thanks for updating on this story. I sincerely appreciate hat. I am disappointed to read this.
small point you're using "they" when you really mean "he or she." thanks.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 12 months ago

---bet if they had a description, they'd put one out.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 12 months ago

Pete_Schweti 21 hours, 36 minutes ago

I'm pretty sure the area homeowners will offer $10K for any witnesses to keep quiet and let this play itself out.

---Shame on you!

yes there's one heckuva lot of crime in that area.

but there are many innocent people who live there too.

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