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FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Feds Want 13 Years, $4.5M Fine For Man Who Set Fire At FAA Facility

When Brian Howard set a fire at an FAA radar facility in Aurora in a failed suicide attempt in 2014, he caused “one of the most severe disruptions to air travel in recent memory,” federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

08/21/2015

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Woman Injured In Avondale Arson Fire

Chicago police are searching for a man who started a fire in a business in the Avondale neighborhood Friday afternoon that critically injured a woman, police said.

06/27/2015

FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Brian Howard Pleads Guilty To Setting Fire At FAA Radar Center In Aurora

A 37-year-old contractor from Naperville has pleaded guilty to setting a fire at an Aurora radar facility last fall, crippling Chicago’s two airports, and disrupting air traffic all across the U.S.

05/28/2015

Several carriages were burned in a fire at Noble Horse Theatre in Old Town. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward In Noble Horse Theatre Arson

The FBI has announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the animal rights extremist or extremists who set fire to several carriages at an historic stable in the Old Town neighborhood in February.

05/26/2015

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12 Vehicles Damaged In Aurora Arson Fire

Aurora police and fire officials are asking for the public’s help for information on an arson fire that damaged 12 vehicles early Saturday morning.

05/16/2015

Subhas Chander (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Disgruntled Father Gets Life In Prison For Fire That Killed Family

Prosecutors said Subhash Chander was offended because his 22-year-old daughter, Monika Rani, had married without his consent, beneath her station in India’s caste system.

05/14/2015

FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Suspect In FAA Radar Facility Fire To Plead Guilty, Attorney Says

A plea agreement with prosecutors is being negotiated, with the goal being having Brian Howard do his time in a federal prison offering mental health treatment, defense attorney Ronald Safer said.

05/07/2015

FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Formal Charges Filed Against Suspect In FAA Radar Facility Fire

Federal prosecutors formally filed charges Friday against Brian Howard, the Naperville man accused of setting fire to an FAA radar facility in Aurora last year, leading to a grounding of all planes at O’Hare and Midway.

05/01/2015

Todd Mandoline (DuPage County State's Attorney)

Villa Park Man Ejected From Birthday Party Gets 39 Years For Setting Fatal Fire

Todd Mandoline, 26, was sentenced to 27 years for murder and 12 years for aggravated arson, sentences that will run consecutively, prosecutors said.

04/30/2015

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Man Charged With Starting Trash-Can Fire At Roosevelt University

A Lincoln Park man is facing arson charges for allegedly setting a trash can on fire at Roosevelt University.

04/05/2015

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Ford Heights Firefighter Trainee Charged With Arson

A firefighter trainee with the Ford Heights fire department accused of setting at least three fires in the south suburb has been ordered held on a $20,000 bond.

03/20/2015

Several carriages were burned in a fire at Noble Horse Theatre in Old Town. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Police: Fire At Noble Horse Theatre Was Arson

On Feb. 6, firefighters responded to a horse stable fire in the 1400 block of North Sedgwick Street, according to Fire Media Affairs. Officials initially believe the fire to be accidental, but said Monday that it has been ruled arson. The investigation has been turned over to the FBI.

02/17/2015

Todd Mandoline (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

Villa Park Man Convicted Of Murder For 2012 Arson Fire

It took jurors about 90 minutes to return a guilty verdict for Todd Mandoline on his 26th birthday. On July 22, 2012–a day ahead of her 25th birthday–Paula Morgan was killed in the fire after a party she hosted at her home in Lombard, where she lived with her mother and 6-year-old son.

01/21/2015

Lawrence Myers (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Landlord Gets Life In Prison For Arson Fire That Killed 7

Lawrence Myers, 64, was previously convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder in connection with the fire on Feb. 14, 2010, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

12/17/2014

Stephanie Swon (Credit: Elgin Police)

Woman Charged With Arson For Elgin Dumpster Fires

Stephanie Swon, 25, of Elgin, faces one count of arson and two counts of criminal damage to property, all felonies, according to a statement from Elgin police.

12/05/2014

Anthony Muldrow and Sharon Bell were honored for stepping forward as witnesses in an arson crime. (Credit: CBS)

Two Witnesses Of West Side Firebombing Receive Courage Award

Two West Side residents risked gang retaliation to help solve a cold case received a big honor Wednesday.

12/03/2014

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Police Say Lakeview Mattress Fire Non-Criminal

A mattress leaning against a home in the Lakeview neighborhood caught on fire overnight and it’s got residents on edge again.

10/26/2014

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‘We’re Not In South Africa,’ Judge Says When Attorney Cites Pistorius Case And Asks For Leniency

The attorney for a man who tried to have six people burned alive begged a federal judge for leniency Friday, saying South African athlete Oscar Pistorius got only five years in prison for killing his girlfriend.

10/24/2014

Firefighters at the scene of a blaze early Wednesday in the 3500 block of West Palmer. (Photo credit: Network Video Productions)

Man Charged In Logan Square Arson Fire

Crews were called shortly after 3 a.m. to the fire in the 3500 block of West Palmer Street, police and fire officials said. The fire started in a vacant two-story building and spread to an adjacent two-story building which was occupied.

10/22/2014

A string of arson fires has Lakeview residents on edge. (Credit: CBS)

String Of Arson Fires Has Lakeview Residents On Edge

There have been at least a half dozen fires set, most of them in alleys next to homes in the neighborhood.

09/17/2014

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