• Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Orono police cars set ablaze in apparent arson three months after being smashed by giant fish

    SEE ALSO: Orono police searching for carp-wielding squad car vandalAssuming the same person or group of people is responsible, whoever is vandalizing police cars in Orono chose a more conventional method the second time around.Three months after giant carp were used to vandalize four police vehicles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Firefighter describes fighting south Minneapolis church arson

    The fire started in at least three locations.​An abandoned church that burned down Monday morning has been ruled an arson case by the Minneapolis Fire Department. The fire -- which was too advanced for firefighters to extinguish and save the structure by the time they arrived -- appeared to have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Louis Ambrose charged with arson, attempted murder for setting own house on fire

    Louis Ambrose wanted his wife, and himself, to die in a fire.​Louis Ambrose had been threatening to kill his wife for years, and had already threatened to set her on fire earlier in August. On Tuesday, Ambrose tried to do both things at once, setting fire to the St. Paul fourplex house where he, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Jeron Patterson arrested for arson of Mark Dayton's former home

    Police traced Patterson with his debit card purchases.​Jeron Patterson, a 29-year-old Minneapolis man with no prior criminal record, was arrested yesterday for the arson that damaged the former home of Gov. Mark Dayton.At 2 a.m. July 2, Patterson set three different fires to the outside of the hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Apartment fire in Stillwater was arson

    St. Croix Valley Red CrossThe aronist hit just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.​A fire that drove 59 people from a Stillwater apartment complex was arson, the Minnesota fire marshal ruled yesterday.Just after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, residents of Birchwood Apartments noticed smoke, and some reported heari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Khairi Coleman won't be charged in 2-year-old nephew's death

    Amir Coleman died a year ago in March.​Remember the story of Amir Coleman, the 2-year-old boy left to die in a St. Paul house fire a year ago? The Ramsey County attorney's office now says there isn't enough evidence to charge the little boy's uncle, Khairi Coleman, with arson. The case has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Little Joe Gustafson charged with 14 counts, racketeering

    Little Joe Gustafson, leader of the Beat Down Posse, was booked into jail this morning​Joseph Duane "Little Joe" Gustafson, a North Minneapolis man who terrorized his neighborhood for years, is being charged today with 14 felony counts: racketeering, assault, making terroristic threats, kidnap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    John Berken, firefighter and fire lighter, now caught in credit card scam

    John Berken, troubled guy.​John Berken, a Forest Lake guy with felony convictions for forging checks and theft, seemed like he'd really turned his life around. He'd even morphed into the ultimate hero: a volunteer firefighter. Everything seemed to be going great. Until he set a wildlife refu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2006

    The fire man returneth?

    A new sentence has been ordered for convicted arsonist Alan Enger, and one investigator comments.


  • Blogs

    May 9, 2006

    The Arsons of April: Gangs, drugs and child's play

    For Minneapolis Police Department arson investigator Sean McKenna, April was a busy month. It's not that the overall number of fires in the city--66--was particularly high. But 28 of those fires were deemed arson, which is high. In recent years, in fact, the only April with more deliberate ... More >>

  • News

    February 1, 2006

    The Fire Man

    On the streets of northeast Minneapolis where hes lived most of his life, Alan Enger is nicknamed "Backdraft." By the time he landed in prison last year, cops think he had set up to a hundred fires in the area.

  • News

    January 10, 2001
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    July 22, 1998

    Playing With Fire

    Even as they began sifting through the cinders in 1994, police figured they knew who set the Phillips apartment fire that nearly killed two little girls. But arson has a way of destroying all the evidence.