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Statement by Governor Charlie Crist Regarding Mother’s Day
“I join Floridians in celebrating mothers, grandmothers and aunts across our state during this Mother’s Day weekend. The role of a dedicated and loving mother is important to the well-being of children and families.


Florida – Charlie Crist (Republican)



TAMPA – Seven weeks ago, Richard Anthony McTear Jr. broke Jasmine Bedwell’s door, hit her several times, broke items throughout her apartment, held her down, and poured household cleaner on her face and head, sheriff’s deputies say.

A neighbor called deputies, and charges were filed with the state attorney’s office.

Five weeks ago, McTear threatened to go to Bedwell’s home and kill her infant son, according to deputies. They say he later bruised her enough for her to be taken to a hospital. More charges were filed.

Investigators say McTear followed through on his threat against her son early Tuesday by beating Bedwell, throwing the child onto a concrete floor and then kidnapping 3-month-old Emanuel Wesley Murray and throwing him out of a moving car onto Interstate 275. The infant was found dead.

[ . . . ]

McTear was no stranger to the justice system.

•The first Tampa police arrest against McTear came in November 2001, when he was 14. He was charged with misdemeanor battery-domestic violence. In that case, police said the Webb Middle School eighth-grader kicked and slapped his mother from the back seat of a vehicle.

•In March 2006, McTear’s child was found wandering alone outside McTear’s apartment, Temple Terrace police say. An investigator found the man asleep. Investigators charged McTear with child neglect, but the charge was later dropped because of lack of evidence.

•In November 2007, he was charged with domestic battery against a woman, but she later waived prosecution.

•In yet another domestic violence case, McTear entered the apartment of his then-girlfriend Louvena Cromartie through an unlocked back door in February 2008. McTear punched Cromartie in the face and pushed her to the ground, Hillsborough County sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Cromartie was knocked unconscious. McTear pleaded guilty to felony battery and was placed on probation through June 2010, records say.

The Department of Children & Families, the child protection division of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough Kids Inc. will review the case to see whether there were any missteps.

On Wednesday, a heavily shackled McTear stood before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich. The judge pored over McTear’s record, noting the 21-year-old was on probation, facing other charges for striking another woman and possibly facing the death penalty for Emanuel’s death.



DCF found mother of baby tossed from car was fit for custody

By KRISTA KLAUS | News Channel 8
and KEITH MORELLI | The Tampa Tribune

Published: May 7, 2009

Updated: 05/07/2009 04:18 pm

Child welfare workers investigated an abuse allegation involving 3-month-old Emanuel Wesley Murray in April but closed the case once his mother sought a restraining order against the man suspected of threatening the infant.

In a state report released Thursday, the narrative of a child safety investigation conducted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office describes Jasmine Bedwell’s ex-boyfriend as a violent man bent on hurting the 17-year-old foster child who was the new mother of an infant son.

A week later, Emanuel died horrifically. Investigators say the ex-boyfriend, Richard Anthony McTear Jr., tossed the infant out a car window along Interstate 275 near Fowler Avenue early Tuesday.

Bedwell had been granted a temporary restraining order against McTear and was to have appeared for a court hearing Monday for a permanent injunction. She did not show up, and the restraining order was dropped.

Deputies said early Tuesday that McTear went to Bedwell’s home and a fight ensued. At one point, he grabbed the infant, who was strapped in a car seat, and threw the car seat twice, with Emanuel falling to the concrete floor, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said McTear then abducted the child and fled in his car. The baby was pronounced dead where he was found along the interstate, and McTear was arrested a few hours later.


My Note –

not only was this young mother subjected to all the shit she endured from the foster care system – and on top of being vulnerable to the abusive men in the community that might say they would love her and her baby – the state and judicial system was a complete failure in helping secure her safety and that of her little family. This is the real Mothers’ Day the governor gave her and has given to every woman like her.


Police says Fla. man tosses infant from car on I-275

The Tampa Tribune says the incident occurred after Richard McTear, 21, argued with his 17-year-old former girlfriend and, at one point, threw her son to the concrete. He then fled with the infant in his car.

Deputies say McTear tossed the boy from the vehicle as he drove along I-275, WTSP-TV reports

While McTear was in custody, WTSP says, a reporter asked him, “How can you throw a baby out the window?”

He replied: “It’s a dirty game.” He paused, then repeated himself: “It’s dirty game.”
Police say McTear had been arrested previously on charges felony battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic battery by strangulation. He was sentenced to two years’ probation in June 2008 for felony battery. An arrest warrant was issued when he failed to report.
Posted by Doug Stanglin at 03:36 PM/ET, May 05, 2009



TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 21-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday after police said he snatched up his ex-girlfriend’s 3-month-old son during a fight and then threw the baby from his car on an interstate highway.


Fla. man accused of killing baby arrested
Published: May 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM


Florida – Charlie Crist (Republican)





2008-2010 Senators By Last Name

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Legislator District Party County
Alexander, JD 17 Republican Consists of Hardee, Highlands, and parts of DeSoto, Glades, Okeechobee, Polk, and St. Lucie counties
Altman, Thad 24 Republican Consists of parts of Brevard, Orange, and Seminole counties
Aronberg, Dave 27 Democrat Consists of parts of Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Palm Beach counties
Atwater, Jeff 25 Republican Consists of parts of Broward, and Palm Beach counties
Baker, Carey 20 Republican Consists of parts of Lake, Marion, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties
Bennett, Michael S. “Mike” 21 Republican Consists of parts of Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota counties
Bullard, Larcenia J. 39 Democrat Consists of Monroe, and parts of Broward, Collier, Hendry, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties
Constantine, Lee 22 Republican Consists of parts of Orange, and Seminole counties
Crist, Victor D. 12 Republican Consists of parts of Hillsborough, and Pasco counties
Dean, Charles S. “Charlie”, Sr. 3 Republican Consists of Baker, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, Taylor, and parts of Citrus, Columbia, Jefferson, Leon, Levy, Madison, and Marion counties
Detert, Nancy C. 23 Republican Consists of parts of Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties
Deutch, Ted 30 Democrat Consists of parts of Broward, and Palm Beach counties
Diaz de la Portilla, Alex 36 Republican Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Dockery, Paula 15 Republican Consists of parts of Hernando, Lake, Osceola, Polk, and Sumter counties
Fasano, Mike 11 Republican Consists of parts of Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, and Pinellas counties
Gaetz, Don 4 Republican Consists of parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties
Garcia, Rudy 40 Republican Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Gardiner, Andy 9 Republican Consists of parts of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties
Gelber, Dan 35 Democrat Consists of parts of Broward, and Miami-Dade counties
Haridopolos, Mike 26 Republican Consists of parts of Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, and St. Lucie counties
Hill, Anthony C. “Tony”, Sr. 1 Democrat Consists of parts of Duval, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties
Jones, Dennis L., D.C. 13 Republican Consists of part of Pinellas county
Joyner, Arthenia L. 18 Democrat Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas counties
Justice, Charlie 16 Democrat Consists of parts of Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties
King, James E. “Jim”, Jr. 8 Republican Consists of parts of Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties
Lawson, Alfred “Al”, Jr. 6 Democrat Consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, and parts of Bay, Jefferson, Leon, and Madison counties
Lynn, Evelyn J. 7 Republican Consists of parts of Clay, Marion, Putnam, and Volusia counties
Oelrich, Steve 14 Republican Consists of Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Union, and parts of Columbia, Levy, Marion, and Putnam counties
Peaden, Durell, Jr. 2 Republican Consists of Holmes, Washington, and parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties
Pruitt, Ken 28 Republican Consists of Martin, and parts of Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties
Rich, Nan H. 34 Democrat Consists of parts of Broward, and Miami-Dade counties
Richter, Garrett S. 37 Republican Consists of parts of Collier, and Lee counties
Ring, Jeremy 32 Democrat Consists of part of Broward county
Siplin, Gary 19 Democrat Consists of parts of Orange, and Osceola counties
Smith, Christopher L. “Chris” 29 Democrat Consists of parts of Broward, and Palm Beach counties
Sobel, Eleanor 31 Democrat Consists of part of Broward county
Storms, Ronda 10 Republican Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk counties
Villalobos, J. Alex 38 Republican Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Wilson, Frederica S. 33 Democrat Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Wise, Stephen R. 5 Republican Consists of parts of Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties



Last month, Bedwell sought an injunction against McTear for domestic violence. She didn’t appear for a scheduled court appearance Monday, though, and the case was dropped.

“She did initially get a restraining order, and we were there when she got it,” Rainey said. “You have to go back to court to maintain the restraining order, and no one from Hillsborough Kids was aware of the court date on Monday. If we were aware, we would have been there.”

Probation officials also sought to revoke McTear’s probation last month, saying he failed to report as ordered and had moved without permission.

McTear had told them he was living with Bedwell. But on April 8, she told them McTear had moved out. She also told them to expect new criminal charges to be filed against him because he had hit her three different times.

Bobbi Flowers, a professor at Stetson University’s College of Law, said small-time offenders with rap sheets like McTear’s can present a problem to prosecutors and judges. She said that with constantly shrinking resources, such offenders more frequently end up plea bargaining for probation or other less-restrictive sentences.

“Plea bargaining will sometimes allow them to skate through the system,” she said.

Nikki Daniels, of the Family Justice Center in Tampa, said that even if Jasmine Bedwell had made it to court Monday, the injunction against McTear hadn’t been served yet. “The hearing would’ve been continued another two weeks while they tried to serve him,” Daniels said.


Five weeks ago, McTear threatened to go to Bedwell’s home and kill her infant son, according to deputies. They say he later bruised her enough for her to be taken to a hospital. More charges were filed.



Statement by Governor Charlie Crist Regarding Mother’s Day
“I join Floridians in celebrating mothers, grandmothers and aunts across our state during this Mother’s Day weekend. The role of a dedicated and loving mother is important to the well-being of children and families.



Happy Mothers’ Day thanks to the Republican Party, conservatives and the American Judicial System – they are entrenched still, and have completely failed at providing a safe, healthy, prosperous society in America.


ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Eleven-year-old Jaheem Herrera woke up on April 16 acting strangely. He wasn’t hungry and he didn’t want to go to school.

Jaheem Herrera's mother thinks he hanged himself because he was perpetually bullied at school.

Jaheem Herrera’s mother thinks he hanged himself because he was perpetually bullied at school.

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But the outgoing fifth grader packed his bag and went to school at Dunaire Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Bermudez says bullies at school pushed Jaheem over the edge. He complained about being called gay, ugly and “the virgin” because he was from the Virgin Islands, she said.

“He told me, but he just got to the point where he didn’t want me to get involved anymore because nothing was done,” she said.

Bermudez said she complained to the school about bullying seven or eight times, but it wasn’t enough to save him.



Less than a month before Jaheem’s death, a boy in Massachusetts killed himself after being bullied, harassed and called “gay.”

After Jaheem’s death, the school board expressed condolences, saying the school staff “works diligently to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all students.” – THAT is obviously a lie. (my note)


Georgia State Governor – Sonny Purdue – (Republican)


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Alex Arellano’s family was so concerned about threats the 15-year-old was

getting from gang members that they pulled him from Chicago Discovery

Academy in the fall.

Chicago Breaking News:

But they didn’t know how serious the situation was until his uncle got a chilling call on Friday from a friend of the teenager’s, saying that he was being chased and beaten with bats in a neighborhood several miles from their home.

“He was knocked down by bats, and after he got up he started to run but was struck by a car that was chasing him,” said his uncle, Juan Tirado, who went Friday night to the area near 53rd Street and Sacramento where the caller said Arellano was last seen, but could find no sign of him.

The teen’s severely beaten and burned body wasn’t found until about 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of West 54th Place, a few blocks from where Tirado had been directed, police said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Arellano died of a gunshot wound to the head and ruled it a homicide, but would not say if the teen was dead before his body was burned. No one had been arrested by this evening.

The grieving family spent Sunday struggling to understand why a teen who police say had no criminal record or ties to gangs was targeted for such a brutal death.

“Cowards,” Tirado said as he stood on the back porch of the family’s apartment in the 8900 block of South Escanaba Avenue, where Alex lived with his mother, Yeimi Tirado, a 12-year-old sister and a 5-year-old stepbrother.

Tirado lashed out at his nephew’s unknown killers.

“You guys are not human,” he said. “A human would not do that to another human being — especially a child, who had no gang affiliation.”

He also pleaded with anyone who saw his nephew being chased on Friday about 7 p.m., when he received the call from Arellano’s friend, to contact police.

“I know it’s hard for people around there to say anything,” Tirado said. “But if someone saw something, call the police anonymously and say something. It was just so vicious and horrifying of them to do this to a child.”

Arellano last attended Chicago Discovery Academy on Sept. 9, Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Monique Bond said. School administrators do not recall the teen or his family reporting a problem with threats, Bond said.

“If any student feels threatened, there is a system in place to address that,” Bond said. “You could go to anybody. A teacher. The principal.”

Tirado said the family hoped to move to another neighborhood so that Arellano could attend another school, but financial problems made that difficult. They felt the best way to deal with the problem was just to keep Arellano at home. The teen has a learning disability, Tirado said, and spent much of his time playing video games since leaving school.

Neighbors who asked not to be identified described him as a quiet kid who did not make trouble or seem to be involved with gangs.

“He’s a very shy kid,” said Tirado’s girlfriend, Juanita Quiroz. “He was funny. He didn’t want to get in anybody’s business. He liked to laugh.”

The last time family members had seen Arellano was Thursday night. They realized Friday morning he was gone, and did not know where he was until a girl who Tirado did not know called about 7 p.m. Friday.

At first, she said Arellano needed to be picked up from 51st Street and Albany. She called a few minutes later with the description of the chase, saying police were on the scene.

On Friday night, Tirado said he and other family members asked police to help search for the teen, but were told to go home and call police in their own neighborhood to fill out a missing person’s report. An officer arrived at about midnight and took the report, Tirado said.

On Saturday morning, family members were back in the neighborhood where Arellano was last seen, handing out fliers with the teen’s picture. A family member saw police gathered near where the body was found at 2:30 p.m., and helped identify Arellano, Tirado said.

Tirado has no idea why his nephew was in the neighborhood where his body was found or why anyone would kill him.

“I think it was probably a set-up situation,” he said. “To get him out of this area.”



CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — The Rev. Michael Pfleger has ordered the American flag at St. Sabina Church hung upside-down — a historic sign of distress — to symbolize the growing death toll among the city’s youngsters.

Alex Arellano was beaten, burned and shot in the head last week. He was 15.

Alex Arellano was beaten, burned and shot in the head last week. He was 15.

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So far this school year, 36 children and teens have been murdered — more than one a week — and Pfleger is among a chorus of weary Chicagoans who say the slayings aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

  • Officials say slayings ignored because victims are minorities
  • 36 children, teens slain in Chicago this school year — at least two of them this week
  • Alex Arellano, a shy 15-year-old, was beaten, burned and shot in the head last week
  • Despite Chicago’s numbers, Mayor Daley says problems the same in all cities



Pfleger is not the first Chicagoan to express the sentiment. In 2007, after the city recorded 31 murdered children during the school year, Arne Duncan, then-CEO of public schools, expressed similar disappointment.

One of the most disturbing slayings came last week when the family of Alex Arellano found the 15-year-old’s body. He had been beaten, burned and shot in the head.

“It’s sad because they didn’t have to torture him that way. He never did nothing wrong, never. He was a good kid. It just gets to me. It’s crazy,” Alex’s friend Ashley Recendez said.

Indeed, police say the teen had no criminal record, no gang affiliation. His family says he was well-behaved and shy, almost fearful of strangers. They had recently taken him out of school to protect him after gang members threatened him.

He was last seen May 1, leaving his girlfriend’s house. His girlfriend told his family that several young men chased him and beat him with baseball bats. She didn’t know why.



Marines appear in court in Army nurse’s death
Court hearing for Marines charged in Army nurse’s death

Posted: Jul. 15, 2008

Fayetteville, N.C. — Two Camp Lejeune Marines made their first court appearances Tuesday in connection with the death of an Army nurse from Fort Bragg.

Marine Cpl. John Patrick Wimunc, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 2nd Lt. Holley Lynn Wimunc.

Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Ryan Alden, 22, who was assigned to the same engineer battalion at Camp Lejeune, is charged with first-degree arson, felony conspiracy and accessory after the fact of murder.

Holley Wimunc, 24, was assigned to Fort Bragg last August and worked as a nurse at Womack Army Medical Center.

She was last seen on the evening of July 8, and she was reported missing two days later when a co-worker went to her Fayetteville apartment because she didn’t show up for work and found the remnants of a fire.

Crews fighting a brush fire near Sneads Ferry Sunday found charred human remains, and investigators said paraphernalia at the scene led them to believe the remains were those of Holley Wimunc.

A grave had been scooped about a foot deep into the ground in wooded area, and the body, which was in pieces, was dumped into it, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said. When the remains were set afire, it ignited the brush fire, which burned slowly for a couple of days before being extinguished Sunday, he said.

Alden admitted he and John Wimunc were the men witnesses saw running from Holley Wimunc’s apartment the night before she was reported missing, Locklear said.

Camp Lejeune response

The case marked the second time this year that a Camp Lejeune Marine has been charged with murder.

The charred remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach were found in January behind the Jacksonville home of Cpl. Cesar Laurean. Lauterbach, who was eight months pregnant at the time, had been beaten to death.

Laurean was arrested in Mexico in April and is awaiting extradition to North Carolina to face a murder charge in Lauterbach’s death.



The body of Army Spc. Megan Lynn Touma, was found in a Fayetteville motel room on June 21, 2008, nine days after she was assigned to Fort Bragg. She was seven months pregnant at the time of her death.

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Children Find Mother Beaten To Death In Home

No Previous Police Runs To Home

POSTED: 4:47 pm EDT May 7, 2009
UPDATED: 5:57 pm EDT May 7, 2009

Four children returning home from school found their mother beaten to death in their Lawrence home, the city’s first slaying of the year.The children — between the ages of 11 and 17 — found Amenda Yang, 43, dead in a bedroom of the family’s home in the 4300 block of Clinton Street Wednesday afternoon, 6News’ Jack Rinehart reported.”This is the Yang residence. My mom is probably dead. Somebody hit her in the head. She is bleeding all over. Mom, can you hear me? Mom! Mom!” one of the children said during a 911 call made shortly after the discovery.

Investigators said Yang died of blunt force trauma, but that there was no evidence of forced entry at the home.”It would appear that it was a fairly violent attack,” said Lawrence police Detective Gary Woodruff. “Of course, we’re investigating other aspects of the case, so the case is active and ongoing.”Police said Yang was married, but that the couple separated last month. There had been no previous police runs to the home.



Happy Mothers’ Day in America


Truck of suspect in Davis slaying yields pair of guns
Bartlett woman was shot twice, beaten about head, torso

By Clay Bailey (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Two guns were found in Austin Agee’s pickup after the suspect in the Lisa Davis slaying killed himself.

And, based on Davis’ autopsy report, both weapons apparently were used in the death of the 29-year-old Bartlett woman last month.

Davis, an employee of Bumpus Harley-Davidson and a part-time model, was beaten and shot twice — once in the back of the head and once in the chest — according to an autopsy released Thursday.

Davis was reported missing on March 8 when she failed to show up for work at Bumpus Harley-Davidson.

She had been out late with a group of friends the night before.

Through their investigation, they developed the 21-year-old Agee as a suspect. Agee was with the group of friends who brought Davis home.

Detectives arriving at Agee’s house when he shot and killed himself found a note directing authorities to a field where he had dumped Davis’ body.

The details of Davis’ injuries note “blunt force injuries” and reflect an array of lacerations and abrasions, primarily to the head, arms and torso.




George Zinkhan

This is what a "bad guy" looks like in America - abusive, violent, successful, a professor, and shot three people including his wife

This is what a "bad guy" looks like in America - abusive, violent, successful, a professor, and shot three people including his wife


Christy Grice killed in Ohio

Christy Grice killed in Ohio

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) — Deputies in Scioto County found a woman lying unresponsive in a yard in Wheelersburg.

Sheriff Marty Donini says around 11 Friday night, 911 dispatchers got a call about a disturbance in the 8000 block of Filmore Lane in Wheelersburg.

Officers found a female in a yard. The victim was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Sheriff Donini says the victim was Christy L. Grice. She was 37 years old and lived on Filmore Lane.

Posted: 8:23 AM May 9, 2009
Last Updated: 4:56 PM May 9, 2009
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: news@wsaz.com



ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland granted a new safeguard to its most downtrodden residents Thursday, becoming the first state in the nation to extend hate-crimes protection to homeless people.

Lawmakers point to cases like the one in south Baltimore in 2001, where a group of young men embarked on what a judge later described as a “systematic cleansing” of homeless men in their neighborhood. Three victims were beaten to death and others were forced to relocate. Three men went to prison for the crime one of them dubbed “bum stomping.”

Such attacks on the homeless are becoming more common, advocates say. More than 800 homeless people have been violently attacked in the U.S. in the past decade, and at least 217 have died, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. In 2007, there were 160 attacks, the most in a year since the group began collecting such data in 1999.

The bill adds homelessness to the protected categories under Maryland’s hate-crimes law, which allows prosecutors to seek tougher penalties for those who target people because of race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

California, Texas and Ohio are considering similar bills, and legislation has been introduced in Congress.



Three Madison Firefighters Charged with
Posted: 11:35 AM May 8, 2009
Last Updated: 10:50 PM May 8, 2009
Reporter: Anna Baxter, Will Jones
Email Address: anna.baxter@wsaz.com; will.jones@wsaz.com

MADISON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Three volunteer firefighters have been charged with arson after police say they intentionally set a building on fire in Madison.

The fire happened May 6 at a building on 10th Avenue C.

Dustin Vance, 19, of Foster, Gerald Waters III, 19, of Madison, and Larry Nunnery III, 19, of Danville, are all charged with first degree arson and conspiracy. The three were volunteers at the Madison Volunteer Fire Department.

According to the criminal complaint, the three told police they were bored at the firehouse so they started experimenting with brake fluid and chlorine. Later that night, police say the three suspects decided to set a building on fire.