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Crime 6 Men in Oregon Charged for Allegedly Starting Fires During Wildfire Season on Purpose

22:41  20 september  2020
22:41  20 september  2020 Source:   lawandcrime.com

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At least six men in Oregon have been charged with allegedly starting fires in the region on purpose . This happens in the wake of widespread wildfires in the west, according to The Oregonian. One suspect damaged more than a dozen homes, and put people in danger, authorities said.

(NEW YORK POST) -- At least six men in Oregon have been accused of intentionally setting blazes during the state’s devastating wildfire season , according to a report. There is no evidence that the suspects were motivated by politics, despite conspiracies that such an animus has fueled the fires

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Michael Jarrod Bakkela, one of the six suspects.

At least six men in Oregon have been charged with allegedly starting fires in the region on purpose. This happens in the wake of widespread wildfires in the west, according to The Oregonian. One suspect damaged more than a dozen homes, and put people in danger, authorities said. A second man allegedly burned hundreds of acres in Lane County. The four other suspects allegedly caused more minor flames, which were put out.

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The Almeda Glendower Fire , which started Tuesday, has burned about 600 homes and more than 3,000 acres of private land. In Eugene, Oregon , Elias Newton Pendergrass, 44, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly starting a wildfire that burned nearly 400 acres and caused evacuations west

A man was charged on Friday with multiple counts of arson after allegedly setting a wildfire near Phoenix in southern Oregon on Tuesday. The fire quickly spread, and merged with the same blaze that the alleged Phoenix arsonist was arrested and charged for starting .

None of the suspects, however, were allegedly motivated by politics. Unsubstantiated rumors circulated around Oregon that left-wing extremists were starting wildfires. This resulted in reports of armed locals east of Portland setting up roadblocks.

“Deputies responded to reports some people were armed and asking for identification of the folks they stopped,” Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said in a statement last week. “We told people engaging in this behavior that roadways are open to all users, and their actions are illegal and they could be subject to citation or arrest.”

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Jonathan Maas was arrested for allegedly starting a fire in the woods near the frisbee golf course at Dexter State Recreation Area in Oregon . “A man in a minivan was seen leaving the area shortly before the fire was discovered.” The Lane County Sheriff’s Office investigated the fire .

‘Everything Gone’: Fires Tear Through the West. Wildfires wreaked havoc in states including California The devastation of deaths and scorched homes came during unprecedented fire seasons for Fires appeared even more destructive in Oregon , where officials said a wildfire driven by

Officials in Douglas County, and Jackson County reported getting false claims of arrests.

“Rumors spread just like wildfire and now our 9-1-1 dispatchers and professional staff are being overrun with requests for information and inquiries on an UNTRUE rumor that 6 Antifa members have been arrested for setting fires in DOUGLAS COUNTY, OREGON,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a September 10 statement.

One of the suspects in the fires–Michael Jarrod Bakkela–allegedly set a blaze on the September 8, damaging 15 properties and threatening the lives of 14 people. He was described as a transient, but had a Salem address. He had a 2019 conviction for meth possession, and had been charged before with harassment connected to the 2019 crash of a stolen car. The four suspects in the smaller fires reportedly dealt with drug addiction, mental illness, and homelessness.

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