A Cass County teen has been charged with felony wildlife arson after intentionally setting a blaze Wednesday that damaged over 70 acres and endangered several homes. Anthony James Wittner, 17, told investigators he started a forest fire because mosquitoes were bothering him, according to the Cass County Attorney’s Office.
Authorities suspect a wildfire in Cass County that caused an evacuation and a heavy firefighting response was intentionally set. The sheriff’s department says ten homes were evacuated Wednesday afternoon when the fast-moving fire burned about 76 acres near Cass Lake.
A Minneapolis woman was charged with two counts of arson after setting two fires inside of a Blaine Walmart store early Monday morning in order to cause a diversion while shoplifting. Rachael Howard Robinson, 19, was charged with one count each of first- and second-degree arson for an incident that took place just before 12:30 a.m. at the Walmart at 11505 Ulysses Street NE, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s office.
A St. Paul bar was set on fire, and it was all caught on camera. On Jan. 10, someone intentionally started the Mounds Park Lounge on fire, which caused extensive damage inside the building. Owner Bill Spiess hopes the public recognizes the person captured in the surveillance video and alerts authorities. “It’s devastating, it really is,” Spiess said.
The city of St. Cloud says there’s a place for couches, and it’s not on people’s porches. The City Council has banned putting furniture designed for interior use outdoors on private property — or next to a public right of way.
Authorities in Eagan are asking for the public’s help to find a suspect who is likely responsible for arson back in September. Police are hoping a picture of a bike likely used in the incident could lead to an arrest.
Authorities in Andover are looking for at least one suspect after a string of arson fires in the city over the last three days. Authorities said fires have been intentionally set to both occupied and unoccupied single family homes that are concentrated to one neighborhood in Andover.
Costly-to-fight wildfires that are intentionally set in Minnesota will soon carry tougher penalties under a new law. The enhanced arson law was passed in May and goes live on Thursday. It builds off an existing wildfire arson law.
A Cloquet man pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, witness tampering and aiding and abetting arson in connection to a cold case from 2000. According to the St. Louis County Attorney’s office, Joseph John Couture Jr. admitted to murdering Trina Louise Langenbrunner on Sept. 3, 2000. Langenbrunner, who was 33 at the time, was found stabbed and beaten to death near a gravel pit in St. Louis County. Her murder was a cold case until last year.
Authorities are investigating what appears to be a series of fires that were intentionally set early Tuesday morning in South St. Paul and they’re looking for a suspect. South St. Paul fire officials responded to the fires between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. near the area of Marie and 4th Avenues. Fire officials said as many as 11 small fires were set in a four block by five block area, causing minor damage.
Music will still be played at a north Minneapolis church despite losing its most important instrument to arson.
A church piano was set aflame in an apparent arson spree in North Minneapolis overnight, according to police. At least nine fires were set in the rash within a half hour just after midnight.
A 24-year-old Roberts, Wis., man is behind bars for allegedly setting fire to an elementary school on Tuesday.
Authorities say an arrest was made Thursday night in connection to the arson fire that closed a Wisconsin elementary school for the rest of the school year.
Authorities are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire that damaged St. Croix Central Elementary School located in Roberts, Wis.