KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 13-year-old boy is home recovering after police say two teens poured gasoline on him and then set him on fire.
According to the reports, the teen was followed home by two older teens while walking from East High School. As he was trying to get into his front door, the two teens allegedly rushed up and grabbed him. One pinned his arms behind his back while another poured gas on the boy and flicked a lighter saying, “This is what you deserve.”
This produced a large fireball that burned the teen’s face and hair. He was able to put out the flames with his shirt while his attackers ran away. The eighth-grader then called 911 before calling his father.
He was taken by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital where he was kept for several hours as they treated first-degree burns to his face and head. Police said they were concerned about possible damage to his eyes and lungs while also saying they are investigating this as a possible hate crime.…Continue Reading
Sometime on Monday, 43-year-old Gary Banning thought whatever was in the jar sitting by the sink of his friend’s apartment was consumable.
After taking a gulp, he found out that his friend, a mechanic, keeps gasoline in the jar to clean grease off his hands.
Banning spit out the mouthful of gas, getting some of it on his clothing in the process. Banning had not changed his clothes when he went out on the porch later that evening to smoke.
Police believe he dozed off with a lit cigarette, accidentally setting himself on fire. Banning was eventually transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill with severe burns over 60% of his body. He would die on Tuesday morning.
The apartment where the fire occurred suffered no major damages according to W.K. Preslar, investigator with the Havelock Police Department.
“It was charred as far as the carpet where he was standing,” Preslar said.…Continue Reading
Winter Park, FL - For roughly 3500-years, a historic pond cypress tree at Big Tree Park in Longwood, Florida had managed to survive everything that the world could throw at it. Then along came 26-year-old Florida resident Sara Barnes.
The tree was called “The Senator” – a reference to Florida Sen. M. O. Overstreet who donated the park property to the public in 1927. At 3500-years-old, the tree was regarded as the world’s oldest pond cypress tree and, in fact, the fifth oldest tree in the world. It stood about 120 feet tall with a diameter of nearly 18 feet. The tree was the main attraction in the Big Tree Park. In the early morning of Jan. 16, the tree collapsed after catching fire.
Authorities said that two Crimeline tips led the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Barnes. The tips reportedly told authorities of cellphone pictures of the fire taken by Barnes. One source told local news media that Barnes – self-described as an aspiring model – had shown the pics to pals and bragged, “I can’t believe I burned down a tree older than Jesus.”
Deputies and agents served a search warrant at Barnes home.…Continue Reading
Puyallup, Washington – As most have learned by now, Josh Powell, the man suspected of killing his wife in 2009, has killed himself along with his two young sons.
Police say that on Sunday, a social worker arrived at Powell’s home with his two sons — Braden, 5, and Charlie, 7 — for a court ordered, supervised visit. Instead, Powell pushed the worker out of the house and locked himself inside with his two boys. A few minutes later, after the social worker had attempted to gain entry, the house exploded.
Three bodies were found together in one of the rooms in the burned house, and while they have not been positively identified, investigators believe them to be those of Powell, Braden and Charlie. Here’s a gruesome update; the bodies were identified as Josh and his two boys. Josh used a hatchet on Braden and Charlie, causing “chop” injuries to their necks, but both boys and Josh died from inhaling carbon monoxide.
The social worker stated she smelled gas shortly before the explosion while Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer stated that Powell had committed murder-suicide, saying the fire “was done intentionally.”
Reports also say that Powell sent emails to friends, family and his attorney shortly before the explosion that rattled windows in the neighborhood.…Continue Reading
Cleveland, OH - Kevin Ford Jr. was apprehended after a manhunt yesterday following a ‘domestic disturbance’ at a home at a CMHA housing complex. Police say that around 10 a.m., Ford and his girlfriend, Tiffany Lawson, 31, began to argue.
Ford reportedly chased Lawson through the house while she was holding their 18-month-old boy in her arms. Authorities say that Ford sprayed lighter fluid on Lawson – prompting her to run upstairs in the two-story townhouse.
Yelling to a neighbor who had heard the commotion, Lawson managed to toss the toddler out the 2nd story window to the person below immediately before Ford lit her on fire. Lawson then reportedly tore off her burning clothes and jumped out the window.
The toddler was caught and suffered no injuries. Doctors said Lawson sustained first-degree burns to her right hand and leg and a broken right elbow and arm.
Ford – after unsuccessfully attempting to burn down the home – fled on foot. He was later captured. His charges have not yet been reported.…Continue Reading
JOHNSTON, R.I. – A man has been arrested and charged with murdering his wife, dismembering her body and then trying to get rid of the evidence in a fireplace.
I’m not going into details, but I have often wondered if it would be possible to get rid of a body using my fireplace. I still think it is possible, but after reading what happened to 52-year-old Donald K. Greenslit, I may need invest in a working fire extinguisher before ever attempting it.
Firefighters were called to Greenslit’s home because of a fire originating from the basement. They were able to safely contain the fire although two children, ages 3 and 5, were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Investigators would also find the source of the fire were body parts that had been placed in the fireplace.
“It appeared that the remains could be that of a human body. It was actually wrapped in cloth and it was burned severely and was actually cut up into pieces,” said officials.…Continue Reading
Stamford, Conn. – The story of the three children and their grandparents who perished in an early morning Christmas fire was already sad enough, but now that some of the details have been released it’s almost enough to make you slit your wrists.
At around 5 a.m. Sunday morning, neighbors heard Madonna Badger screaming as flames shot out of the windows of her million dollar, 19th-century house that overlooked Long Island Sound.
Badger had escaped the home and was on a second floor scaffolding when she was rescued by firefighters who had arrived within minutes. She told them her three daughters and her parents were still trapped inside. Michael Borcina, a family friend who was helping renovate the three-story home, had also made it out of the house. He told firefighters he had led two of the girls from the third floor to the second floor but they panicked and separated from him.
Despite the firefighter’s best efforts, the three girls, Lily, 9, and her sisters Grace and Sarah, 7-year-old twins, would die in the burning home as would Badger’s parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson, who had been visiting for the holiday.…Continue Reading
Crestview, FL – Imagine going in to have some routine surgery performed, only to end up in a burn unit in another state because somehow your face had caught on fire during the procedure. That’s exactly what happened to a woman in Florida who is currently recovering from second-degree burns to her face and neck.
Kim Grice, 29, was a patient at the Crestview Surgery Center having three cysts removed from her head. For some reason that has yet to be explained, a flash fire erupted during the surgery and Grice’s face caught on fire.
The mother of three was rushed to an emergency room and then transferred to the University of South Alabama Medical Center. Fox News states the woman suffered horrific burns, and they weren’t exaggerating. Click here to see a pic of Grice as she was being transferred to the emergency room.
The North Okaloosa Medical Center said they were investigating how the fire started, but Crestview fire officials say that surgery fires can flare up when electric or heat-generating tools, like lasers, mix with alcohol, oxygen and surgical coverings.…Continue Reading
The incident began at around 3PM last Thursday, when the woman — who, at that time, was fully clothed — walked into Dragon China restaurant and demanded free food after finding the word “free” on the take-out menu.
“She asked the cashier, ‘Everything is for free?’ ” said the restaurant’s owner, Dajo Zhao. When told “no,” Zhou said that the woman then slammed her fingers down on the menu, while screaming, “Free! Free! Free! Free!”
Another customer reportedly told her that she was crazy. In an obvious bid to prove that person wrong, the disgruntled customer started throwing ‘everything she could get her hands on’ and ‘screaming with rage.’ She reportedly moved to the back of the restaurant, where she ‘pushed over equipment, threw food, and punched a chef.’
“I walked in and I saw an old lady trashing the place,” said Noreen Monier, who owns a nearby store.…Continue Reading
A Houston Fire Department spokesperson said a man, his girlfriend and young son were asleep when one of their two pit bulls began barking frantically, causing them to awaken. When the man went to investigate, he discovered a hot water heater in his single-story home’s garage to be on fire. When firefighters arrived at around 4:15am, the occupants – including the dogs – were out of the house; but the fire was out of control.
By the time fire personnel were able to extinguish the flames, the house was declared a total loss. The homeowner said that the house did not have smoke detectors, so it is believed that the family may not have survived if the dog had not alerted them. The family and authorities are roundly hailing the dog as a hero.
Sadly, it is possible that the family’s other pit bull – who remained silent throughout the ordeal – will soon be filing to have his colleague’s AKC registration suspended for ‘acts of kindness in flagrant violation of the breed’s charter.’ A subsequent investigation would establish whether the dog’s actions in this instance are part of a larger pattern of suspicious and unacceptable behavior.…Continue Reading
OKLAHOMA CITY – The man who doused his sleeping girlfriend with kerosene before lighting a match and setting her on fire has been charged with her murder.
Earlier this month, 28-year-old Vincent Green got into an argument with his girlfriend, 46-year-old Sherrie Mead. Green became exceptionally angry when Mead informed him that she would not be coming home after work the next day, telling her that he was going to set her and the house on fire.
Figuring this was an empty threat, Mead went to bed later that evening. She would find out she figured wrong when she awoke later that night to Green pouring Kerosene on her, then lighting a match. Mead was rushed to the hospital, suffering from second and third degree burns to 38 percent of her body.
Green was arrested and charged with arson, assault and battery with intent to kill, maiming and assault and battery causing great bodily injury. Yesterday he was charged with murder after Meade died during surgery last Saturday at Integris Baptist Hospital.…Continue Reading
DETROIT — I have no clue why I have not heard of this story until today (*I’m lying, I know exactly why*) but police have confirmed that the body found in a burning home are those of 5-year-old Mariah Trenice Smith who went missing a week ago.
Smith was reported missing by her mother midday Sunday after a party at their home. She was last seen by her cousin at around 3:30 a.m. sleeping on the dining room floor. “I was the one who laid her down on the dining room floor and I gave her a hug and a kiss and everything,” Felisha Smith said. Later that day, the girl was gone and a window was wide open.
Earlier that morning and a mile away, before and Amber Alert was issued for Smith, the body of a young girl was found after an arson fire in an abandoned home had been put out. Wayne County spokesman Dennis Niemiec reported the body was that of a young girl who had died of asphyxia whose skull had been crushed.…Continue Reading
KANSAS CITY, MO — A woman has been charged with three felonies after police say she threw gas on her boyfriend and then lit his ass on fire.
According to police, 44-year-old Tonya M. Green and Charles Adams, her boyfriend of three years, were arguing when Green tossed gasoline on him and another woman. After setting him on fire, she turned to the other woman who immediately ran away.
Poor Adams suffered third-degree burns over 56 percent of his body and had to be placed in a medically-induced coma for nearly a month. When he woke up, he had no recollection of what had happened to him. Luckily the other woman who had been with him did, and identified Green to police.
Green was arrested on Thursday and charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action. She refused to talk to detectives. Her family says that Adams beat on her and that she was only acting out of self-defense.
“When you mistreat someone like that continuously, that grin can turn into something else.…Continue Reading
Seminole, FL – Investigators said Joseph P. Williamson, 31, found the gas lid open on his girlfriend’s 1997 Saturn which was parked outside their home. He reportedly became concerned the vehicle had been tampered with and decided to check the gas tank for sugar. Luckily a leaf blower was available to accelerate the task.
Witnesses said Williamson was attempting to siphon gas with an electric leaf blower when a spark from the blower ignited the fire, the investigator’s report said.
Williamson suffered serious burns to his arms and had to be taken to Tampa General Hospital. He remained hospitalized at last report. The car suffered serious burns, as well.
Media outlets have reported that the suspected fuel tampering may have been due to an ‘ongoing rivalry between tree trimming businesses.’ Apparently, while competing organized crime bosses are contracting hits on each other’s soldiers while battling for mob family control of prostitution, illegal gambling, and the distribution of stolen goods, the “war of the trees” is being fought with sugar in the gas tank of girlfriends’ Saturns.…Continue Reading
PITTSBURGH, PA – I wasn’t even going to write this one up but we got a couple emails on it and besides, we needed some black people on the page before we’re get accused of being a liberal, “white guilt” site again.
The mother whose two young sons died in a fire after being left home alone has turned herself in to police yesterday.
Kiaira Pollard, 27, surrendered to police late Wednesday after a warrant was issued against her on charges of endangering the welfare of children and tampering with a fire apparatus.
These charges were filed after firefighters responded to a fire at her third-floor apartment and found her two young boys alone inside. KiDonn Pollard-Ford, 7, was found dead under a pile of clothes while KrisDon Williams-Pollard, 4, was found unresponsive underneath his crib. He was revived on the way to the hospital, but would die two days later.
Pollard rushed home when she heard about the fire and would tell authorities that she had been at work and had left her sons in the care of a babysitter.…Continue Reading
WAYNE COUNTY, Indiana — I was just about to write up the lame story regarding EquuSearch suing Casey Anthony when I noticed a much more interesting story in a sidebar. A woman in Indiana has been charged with murder after admitting to burning her father alive.
Court records show 30-year-old Nina Holbrook intentionally set her 50-year-old father on fire and admitted to doing it. She told investigators that she called Carl Holbrook to her bedroom where she splashed a cup of camper fuel into his face, then shoved a lit candle into his chest. After setting her father on fire, she climbed out her bedroom window, crossed a field and began walking down the road.
A person who was to meet Carl at the house found him with most of his clothes burned off and suffering burns to most of his body. He would be taken to the hospital, but would later die from his injuries. Carl was able to tell people that it was his daughter who set him on fire, but it really wasn’t necessary.…Continue Reading
The incident happened at Ozona Blue when knuckle-head waiter Ian Monsalvo was preparing a double-order of the dessert. He was using a bottle of really flammable (151 proof) rum to impress his guests with a flare-up from the already burning dessert.
It’s common knowledge that liquor used in flambe recipes should not be poured straight from the liquor bottle so flames can’t travel back into the bottle and fuel the fire. This, as any amateur pyromaniac will tell you, is a pretty goddamn stupid way to make a Molotov Cocktail.
When the fire shot back up into the bottle and, according to witnesses, created ‘an explosion of fire,’ a surprised Monsalvo drew back the bottle, spraying customers at the table with a sugary, napalm blast. Luckily Nick Salzer, a cook at the restaurant, had just completed his fire/ems certification and was able to assist the woman who took the worst of it.
Katie Hudgins, a 25-year-old elementary school teacher, was seated the closest to the waiter and ended up with the worst injuries after her clothing caught on fire.…Continue Reading
DECATUR, IL — Police have arrested a 27-year-old man after police say he purposefully splashed gasoline on a houseguest and then set him on fire.
Phillip L. Green is now facing heinous battery charges after the incident left a 52-year-old man with second- and third-degree burns to 30 percent of his body, including his face, nose, mouth, both arms and left side.
There are three different stories as to what happened that Thursday evening at Green’s home, but everyone agrees that it started with Green and the victim arguing and Green kicking the man out of his house. The man left, but took a red gas can along with him. What happened next depends on who you ask.
Two witnesses told police that Green followed the man outside and threw gasoline on him before pulling out a lighter and setting him on fire.
A third witness said gasoline splashed on the victim as he and Green were struggling over the gas can. When the victim fell to the ground, Green set his ass on fire.…Continue Reading
San Francisco, CA — Not a lot of info on this one, but I’ll give ya what I got. Police say a man was hospitalized Wednesday with severe, life-threatening burns to the front of his body after he somehow caught fire inside a San Francisco porn store.
The man, who police have yet to identify, was apparently in a private viewing booth at the Golden Gate Adult Superstore when he burst into flames. Too easy…way too easy.
SFPD Lt. Troy Dangerfield has reported that a couple of officers were across the street from the porn shop when they saw the screaming man run out the front door of the store “engulfed in flames.” As luck would have it, there were some firefighters less than a block away and the flames were quickly extinguished.
The man was rushed to the St. Francis Memorial Hospital’s Bothin Burn Center, suffering from third-degree burns to nearly 90% of his body.
Investigators said they don’t know how the man caught fire and were searching the booth for flammable materials and/or accelerants.…Continue Reading
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Police have arrested a man and charged him with attempted murder after they say he doused his girlfriend with charcoal lighter fluid and then set her on fire.
Firefighters were dispatched to a home on Saturday morning after a man call 911 reporting his neighbor had been burned. When emergency responders arrived at the location, they found 47-year-old Rebecca Mumaw severely burned and standing outside the home she shared with her boyfriend, 31-year-old Quinn Nelson.
She was suffering from burns to over 40 percent of her upper torso and head but was conscious and able to tell them Nelson was the person responsible for her injuries. When he was arrested a couple blocks away, he denied any involvement and swore he hadn’t even seen Mumaw that day even though he was found with a can of lighter fluid in his pocket and the cell phone used to place the initial 911 call.
Investigators found a half-empty bottle of lighter fluid in the home, along with clumps of burnt hair on the floor, in the tub and in the bed.…Continue Reading