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By Melanie Hicken | September 4, 2009
GLENDALE — Authorities have determined that the Station fire, which caused the death of two firefighters and sent hundreds of residents and animals seeking shelter, was caused by arson. An official at the Interagency Command Center confirmed that an arson investigation had been opened, but referred all other inquires to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, who could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. The determination likely meant that the death Sunday of two county firefighters, whose vehicle overturned on a steep roadway in the Angeles National Forest within the fire zone, would be considered a homicide.
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NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | September 3, 2009
GLENDALE — Authorities have determined that the Station fire, which caused the death of two firefighters and sent hundreds of residents and animals seeking shelter, was caused by arson. An official at the Interagency Command Center confirmed that an arson investigation had been opened, but referred all other inquires to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, who could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. The determination likely meant that the death of two county firefighters Sunday, whose vehicle overturned on steep roadway in the Angeles National Forest within the fire zone, would be considered a homicide.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | August 18, 2008
GRIFFITH PARK ? Brush fires that consumed about 50 acres in Griffith Park on Saturday were largely contained Sunday afternoon as arson investigators worked to determine their cause. The blazes ? first reported near Travel Town in the northeast portion of the park ? were mostly out by Saturday evening after park rangers spotted the initial fire at about 2 p.m.. Fire crews remained on site overnight to monitor hot spots and keep an eye out for flare-ups. Glendale and Burbank fire departments sent a combined five engines to assist in the firefighting effort that at one point saw 300 firefighters from six agencies participating.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | July 15, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Jurors on Tuesday ruled that Juan Manuel Alvarez should spend the rest of his life in prison, forgoing a death sentence for his role in a deadly 2005 train derailment. Alvarez, 29, smiled after Court Clerk Alberta Jordan read the verdict from the nine-woman, three-man panel that on June 26 found the former construction worker guilty of 11 counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson. Jurors took less than four hours to return the sentence, which precludes Alvarez from seeking parole.
NEWS
December 7, 2007
In an effort to increase the feasibility of tracking down those who set wildfires, the House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would set up a national database to track convicted arsonists. Similar to Megan’s Law, which in 1996 established a similar system in California for tracking the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders, the Managing Arson Through Criminal History Act would combine federal, state and local resources to help create a database of convicted arsonists.
LOCAL
By Jason Wells | March 17, 2007
SOUTH GLENDALE — Fire officials suspect arson in blazes that engulfed two new Chevrolet Suburbans early Monday morning as they sat parked in a new-car lot on Brand Boulevard. The SUV fires at Allen Gwynn Chevrolet, 1400 S. Brand Blvd., were called in by someone using a cellphone at around 1 a.m., Glendale Fire Capt. Jim Frawley said. Initially, one fire engine responded to the call, but after firefighters discovered that the fire was spreading, back up was called in, he said.
LOCAL
July 27, 2006
New counsel in Metrolink case A Superior Court judge appointed a new attorney for the man accused of causing the deadly Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink crash on Wednesday, court officials said. Juan Manuel Alvarez is charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and arson. Los Angeles attorney Norman Kallen will be Alvarez's new private counsel, a Los Angeles Superior Court clerk said. This is the third attorney Alvarez has had. His first lawyer, Eric A. Chase, had to step down from the case because as a pro-bono lawyer he did not have the resources to work a death penalty case, which the special circumstances designation in the charges allows for. County public defenders Rose Reglos and Luis J. Rodriguez took over the case at the end of September, but also had to drop the case because of what they called a conflict of interest.
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