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32-Year-Old Arrested, Accused of Setting Destructive Cranston Fire in Idyllwild

Source: NBC

A 32-year-old man from Temecula was arrested on suspicion of arson Wednesday night after he was accused of setting multiple fires, one of which burned thousands of acres in the San Bernardino National Forest, destroyed homes and forced thousands to flee.

Brandon N. McGlover was arrested on suspicion of five counts of arson to wildland after the Cranston Fire erupted earlier the same day. The Cranston Fire consumed at least 4,700 acres, leveled five residential structures and closed roads.

The Cranston Fire was reported at around noon off state Route 74 in the forest area between Hemet and Mountain Center, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire was burning "with a rapid rate of spread," according to the USFS.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the blaze, which was zero percent contained as of Wednesday night. The cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but California Highway Patrol Officer Darren Meyer said a motorist who witnesses said was spotted "near the origin of the fire" was detained.





Read more: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Hemet-Fire-Mountain-Center-Cranston-Highway-74-Smoke-evacuations-489151821.html

Florida man faked his murder using a gun and a weather balloon

The mysterious death of a Florida man has been solved, police say, after piecing together an elaborate suicide plot that included a weather balloon hoisting a gun into the sky. Palm Beach Gardens police began investigating the death of Alan Jay Abrahamson as a homicide. His body was found with a bullet wound to his chest in a field near his country club home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on Jan. 25. Abrahamson, known to carry $200 to $300 in cash, had no cash in his wallet. His watch was missing. Police, who found no weapon or shell casings, began searching for suspects. They did find a pair of small scissors.

A $3,000 reward drew no leads. As time went on, police had more questions about what really happened to the well-loved man, "known for his extraordinary smile, contagious laugh and the twinkle in his eyes," according to his obituary in The Palm Beach Post. Surveillance video obtained a few days after the death shows Abrahamson's last moments: Wearing a long-sleeve sweatshirt, blue ball cap, shorts and sneakers, Abrahamson walks off of a sidewalk and off camera. Something was in his left hand. About 37 minutes passes. Then, a gunshot is heard.

An email found on Abrahamson's phone suggested he bought a weather balloon on Christmas day of last year. A purchase none of his friends could explain. He didn't have an interest in aerial photographer or meteorology. He also purchased helium tanks. In February, police entertained the idea that Abrahamson's death might have been a suicide. The working theory became: He tied a gun to a string, attached it to the weather balloon, and once the shot was fired, the balloon carried the weapon away from the scene.

"Although the theory seemed far-fetched, it was plausible," a police report states. A blood stain on Abrahamson's sweatshirt appeared to support the claim: A long thin line of blood had traveled up "indicating that something was in the blood and dragged across to the top of the shirt," police note.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/16/florida-man-faked-his-murder-using-gun-and-weather-balloon/787566002/

Britain's Daily Mirror front page headline for today - HOW DARE YOU



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Arizona woman, 92, shot, killed son who tried putting her in assisted living

An elderly mother in Arizona allegedly shot and killed her son on Monday after she learned of his plans to put her in a nursing home, officials said.

Anna Blessing, 92, had been thinking about her son's intentions to put her in a home for days, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office stated in a news release. She confronted him on Monday morning with two pistols that she hid in her robe, according to police.

Blessing told police "she removed the handgun and fired multiple rounds striking and killing her son." It was at that point that the elderly woman reportedly pointed the gun at her son's girlfriend and a struggle ensued.

The weapon reportedly "dislodged" from Blessing's hand, before she grabbed a second gun and tried to point it at the girlfriend, who knocked it out of Blessing's hand.

The girlfriend called police and Blessing was taken into custody. She was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/03/arizona-woman-92-shot-killed-son-who-tried-putting-her-in-assisted-living-cops-say.html
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