16-year-old boy arrested in connection to 23 fires - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

16-year-old boy arrested in connection to 23 fires

Posted: Updated:
The recently formed arson task force in Spokane Valley has an important announcement to make regarding the string of 23 suspicious fires. The recently formed arson task force in Spokane Valley has an important announcement to make regarding the string of 23 suspicious fires.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

KHQ.COM - The Spokane County Arson Task Force, created specifically to solve a rash of recent arson fires, announced on Wednesday that police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection to 23 fires within the past two weeks. 

Court documents reveal that the 16-year-old suspect had just moved to the Spokane area from Missouri and "hated it here" and was perhaps lashing out.

The suspect was a student at Central Valley High School. The suspect told investigators that he lit the first fire on September 13th and the second on the 18th. 

In all, the suspect is being charged with 5 counts of arson and admitted to 5 separate fires. Investigators also say they are "confident" he is responsible for the other fires in Spokane County. 

Some of the things that he admitted using to start the fires were a flare, gasoline, paper and a lighter. He also admitted to lighting flashcards and a spiral notebook on fire from his chemistry class. Those items were found at a fire on September 23rd near Quinimose road. Court documents say the suspect lit a fire on the 28th of September about 100 yards behind his own home then asked his parents to call firefighters.

Investigators a say numerous tips from the public led them to the 16-year-old boy. They also say the boy was "one of a few" as potential suspects before the arrest. Investigators say more charges are likely pending in the case.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 13 semi-trucks park under Detroit overpass to help man considering suicide

    13 semi-trucks park under Detroit overpass to help man considering suicide

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:41:55 GMT

    DETROIT - 13 semi-truck drivers parked their big rigs under a highway overpass early Tuesday morning to help shorten the fall of a man who was threatening to jump.  All lanes of Highway 696 were closed early Tuesday morning after a call came in just before 1:00 a.m. of a man threatening to jump.  

    >>

    DETROIT - 13 semi-truck drivers parked their big rigs under a highway overpass early Tuesday morning to help shorten the fall of a man who was threatening to jump.  All lanes of Highway 696 were closed early Tuesday morning after a call came in just before 1:00 a.m. of a man threatening to jump.  

    >>
  • Pierce County woman wakes up to stranger in her house rubbing her face

    Pierce County woman wakes up to stranger in her house rubbing her face

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:11 AM EDT2018-04-24 05:11:05 GMT

    PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - A Pierce County woman was terrified over the weekend when she woke up to a stranger in her house rubbing her face. She ran to her neighbor's house and the neighbor contacted the Pierce County Sheriff's Office at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. Arriving deputies spoke with the neighbor who called 911. 

    >>

    PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - A Pierce County woman was terrified over the weekend when she woke up to a stranger in her house rubbing her face. She ran to her neighbor's house and the neighbor contacted the Pierce County Sheriff's Office at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. Arriving deputies spoke with the neighbor who called 911. 

    >>
  • Thief steals military man’s gift for little brother

    Thief steals military man’s gift for little brother

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 2:09 AM EDT2018-04-24 06:09:15 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane mother is heartbroken because what a thief took from her family was so much more than just a piece of mail. One of her sons serving in the military, stays connected with his little brother through video games, so he sent him one as a gift. However, the little brother never got it because the thief took it right off their front porch.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane mother is heartbroken because what a thief took from her family was so much more than just a piece of mail. One of her sons serving in the military, stays connected with his little brother through video games, so he sent him one as a gift. However, the little brother never got it because the thief took it right off their front porch.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Court orders judge to free rapper Meek Mill on bail

    Court orders judge to free rapper Meek Mill on bail

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:54 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:54:53 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania's highest court has ordered a judge to free rapper Meek Mill on bail while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.    The Supreme Court directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately issue an order releasing him on unsecured bail.    Mill was sentenced in November to 2-4 years in prison for violating probation.

    >>

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania's highest court has ordered a judge to free rapper Meek Mill on bail while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.    The Supreme Court directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately issue an order releasing him on unsecured bail.    Mill was sentenced in November to 2-4 years in prison for violating probation.

    >>
  • Bob Dorough of 'Schoolhouse Rock' is dead at 94

    Bob Dorough of 'Schoolhouse Rock' is dead at 94

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:51:21 GMT

    MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. - A musician whose songs helped teach children on ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock" has died. His son, Chris, says 94-year-old Bob Dorough died of natural causes Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. According to his biography, the jazz musician "set the multiplication tables to music" as musical director for the educational cartoon series between 1973 and 1985. It was revived from 1993 to 1999.  

    >>

    MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. - A musician whose songs helped teach children on ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock" has died. His son, Chris, says 94-year-old Bob Dorough died of natural causes Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. According to his biography, the jazz musician "set the multiplication tables to music" as musical director for the educational cartoon series between 1973 and 1985. It was revived from 1993 to 1999.  

    >>
  • Moses Lake Police arrest suspects accused of passing off fake $100 bills

    Moses Lake Police arrest suspects accused of passing off fake $100 bills

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:25 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:25:27 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Puyallup man and woman suspected of passing fake $100 bills across multiple states were arrested in Moses Lake Monday night.  Moses Lake Police posted photos of the two suspects on Monday after a man used two fake $100 bills at a Safeway, and a short time later a woman used a fake $100 bill at Rite Aide.

    >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Puyallup man and woman suspected of passing fake $100 bills across multiple states were arrested in Moses Lake Monday night.  Moses Lake Police posted photos of the two suspects on Monday after a man used two fake $100 bills at a Safeway, and a short time later a woman used a fake $100 bill at Rite Aide.

    >>