A Duluth building contractor who poured gasoline on the steps of a duplex and set it on fire while a young couple with whom he was in a business dispute were inside was sentenced Friday to 81 months in prison.
A woman sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for setting multiple fires at her rural Barnesville farmstead is appealing her arson conviction. The notice of appeal was filed last week on behalf of 34-year-old Tara Andvik, who is serving her prison sentence in Shakopee.
A man arrested Sunday in connection with a rash of Dumpster fires in Moorhead’s Romkey Park neighborhood reportedly told police he set them because he likes fires and the excitement that goes with police and firefighters responding, Lt. Tory Jacobson said.
For months, Tara Andvik denied setting fires to her rural Barnesville farmstead, proclaiming her innocence to her family, investigators, firefighters and anyone willing to listen in cyberspace. When it came time Thursday for a judge to decide her fate, a sobbing Andvik took responsibility for the first time for the October fires that destroyed her barn and the farmhouse that also was home to her husband and two children.
A North Dakota firefighter has pleaded guilty to attempting to burn down a house that was occupied at the time by four of his children. Joseph Morin, of Belcourt, is charged in federal court with arson for setting fire to his former residence where his wife and eight of his children lived.
Tara Andvik, a rural Barnesville, Minn., woman convicted May 15 of setting several fires to her farmstead, is now the subject of a proposed court order to ban her from contacting witnesses who testified at her trial.
Nine fires in the past few months are suspicious in Superior. Battalion Chief Vern Johnson tells WDIO-TV two car fires and a shed fire broke out in the same neighborhood early Tuesday. Those fires started about a-half hour after three suspicious fires in Duluth the same morning. An RV, a pickup truck and a garage were destroyed.
A former North Dakota fire fighter says he will plead guilty for attempting to burn down a house that was occupied at the time by four of his children. Joseph Morin, of Belcourt, is charged in federal court with arson. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.
Tara Andvik quietly sobbed as guilty verdicts on three felony counts of arson were read by a Clay County jury Tuesday. The jury reached its verdict after about four hours of deliberation. Outside the courtroom, defense attorney Steven Mottinger said Andvik was disappointed with the verdict.
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