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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 09:09 PM
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Police: Suspect arrested (in connection to) deadly Australian fire
Source: AP

YEA, Australia A spokeswoman says police have arrested a man in connection to one of the recent deadly wildfires that swept southern Australia.

Victoria state police spokeswoman Marika Fengler confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that a man had been arrested, but would give no further details.

Respected newspaper The Age reported without giving a source that the 39-year-old suspect was expected to be charged with arson causing death in connection to a blaze known as the Churchill fire.

At least 21 people died in the Churchill fire, one of hundreds that scorched Victoria last Saturday. The death toll stands at 181 and is expected to exceed 200.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090213/ap_on_re_au_an/as_a...



YEA, Australia (AP) A spokesman says police are questioning a man in connection with Australia's deadly wildfires.

Victoria state police spokesman Chris Nash told The Associated Press on Friday that a man was assisting investigators with their inquiries into the wildfires, but declined to go into details.

Respected newspaper The Age reported that the 39-year-old suspect was expected to be charged with arson causing death.

The Age reported that the suspect was from the town of Churchill. Police say one of Australia's wildfires that struck last weekend was deliberately set near Churchhill and that it killed at least 21 people.

More than 180 people were killed as wildfires swept across southeastern Victoria state.
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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-09 09:59 PM
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1. how old was the fundy preacher
who claimed he had a premonition about the fires???
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-09 06:32 AM
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2. Setting so-called wildfires is a crime against all life on the planet. I say this is
should be a capital crime. Last time I felt that way? When some nut smashed Michelangelo's Pieta.

I am against capital punishment, though. Dang my principles!
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-09 06:44 AM
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3. I can relate to how you feel
I felt the same way when the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas were blown up by the Taliban in 2001, one of the many reasons I wasn't too upset to see them being ousted.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-09 07:52 AM
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4. wow...he's going to need round-the-clock protection
and plastic surgery to even think about short-term survival...who would intentionally set off such a nationwide disaster in the first place?
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-09 05:50 PM
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6. Even with Australia's sub judis rules, it's going to be nearly impossible to get a fair trial
So let's just hope the authorities have the right guy....
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-09 05:45 PM
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5. Any chance this guy is connected to the Catch The Fire Church? n/t
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Dulcinea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-09 09:38 AM
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7. I hope he's charged with murder too.
If they caught the right person, of course.
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