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  • #16
    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A man arrested by members of a task force
    probing a rash of suspicious fires in the Washington, D. C. area
    was held without bond Thursday.
    But Noel Gibson does not face charges connected to any of the
    fires.
    "Mr. Gibson is charged only with making a false statement,"
    said Asst. U. S. Attorney Mythili Raman.
    Gibson, 33, was arrested Wednesday in Riverside, Md., in
    connection with an incident that occurred March 29 at Magnolia
    Elementary School in Lanham, Md. He allegedly identified himself as
    a fire investigator and asked questions about personnel, school
    evacuation procedures and other matters.
    According to Raman, Gibson has several outstanding warrants and
    was in violation of probation at the time of his arrest.
    "The defendant represents a flight risk in this case," said
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Jillyn K. Schulze.
    A detention hearing has been set for April 5, and Schulze
    appointed a public defender to represent Gibson in connection with
    the federal charge.
    According to the arrest affidavit, Gibson "knowingly made a
    false, fictitious and fraudulent statement," to an arson task
    force investigator. He allegedly told detective Brian Padgett of
    the Prince George's Police Department that he was Haywood Phillip
    Marshall of the Fairfax County Fire Department.
    Investigators also have a search warrant allowing them to seek
    any fire setting materials, maps or other items which might link
    Gibson or his vehicle to any of the 35 suspicious fires now under
    their jurisdiction.
    Gibson's white Volvo is now at the ATF laboratory in Rockville,
    Md., According to the affidavit, a Prince George's Fire and
    Emergency Medical Services coat, a shoulder patch from the Hillside
    Volunteer Fire Department, and several business cards and an
    identification card belonging to a Prince George's firefighter have
    been found.
    Both firefighters whose identities Gibson is suspected of using
    are arson investigators. Gibson appeared in court wearing a frayed
    dark blue T-shirt with a fire department insignia over the left
    breast.
    Of six witnesses who saw the man who visited Magnolia Elementary
    School in Lanham, two have positively identified Gibson and four
    others said Gibson's photo resembled the man they saw at the
    school. Gibson has not been charged in connection with the Magnolia
    incident, and the work of the arson task force is continuing.
    "We still have active leads to follow up," said Prince
    George's Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell who had led the investigation
    since the first of several suspicious fires occurred in March 2003.
    ---
    On the Net:
    Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department:
    http://www.pgfireems.com
    Prince George's County Public Schools: http://www.pgcps.org



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    • #17
      By DERRILL HOLLY
      Associated Press Writer
      WASHINGTON (AP) - Faced with a rash of suspicious fires at
      several of the city's high schools, officials with the District of
      Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department spent
      Friday morning providing fire prevention training to contract
      security guards.
      "This training is in direct response to the fires," said Lucy
      Young, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Public Schools. Although the
      school system's security director was aware of the session held at
      Ballou High School, Young said it only involved personnel from
      Watkins Security Services.
      "The schools are trying to balance security with safety," said
      Alan Etter, a fire department spokesman. About 300 Watkins
      employees heard the city's fire marshal offer tips on how to
      recognize potentially hazardous conditions, and help investigators
      identify suspects when a suspicious fire occurs.
      "Removing trash cans from isolated areas can lessen the
      opportunity that anyone would have to start a fire and potentially
      hurt somebody," Etter said. Although school fires occur throughout
      the year, Etter said officials see an increase when the weather is
      warmer, particularly late in the school year.
      Fire officials approached Watkins last month, after a series of
      fires broke out at several of the city's high schools. Over 10 days
      beginning March 19, there were six fires at Eastern High School. At
      least two people required medical treatment following a fire at
      Eastern on March 29. In recent weeks, there also have been fires
      reported at Ballou and Cardozo high schools, and several other
      buildings.
      "A 15-year-old boy confessed to setting the fire at Ballou, and
      he was arrested," said Etter, adding that investigators work with
      prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's office and the D.C. Office of
      Corporation Council to pursue cases against suspects when they can
      be identified.
      "Arson cases are very difficult because most of the physical
      evidence is destroyed by the nature of the crime," said Etter.
      Investigators hope that videotape from security cameras and an
      increased awareness among security guards will lead to more
      arrests.
      A March 15 fire in a LaFayette Elementary storage area caused
      $200,000 damage and has kept the building closed for three weeks.
      Although an exact cause has not been determined, investigators have
      said there is a possibility that it was deliberately set.
      ---
      On the Net:
      District of Columbia Public Schools: http://www.k12.dc.us
      District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services
      Department: http://www.fems.dc.gov

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      • #18
        Man accused of impersonating fire official arraigned

        (Greenbelt-AP) -- A man authorities say impersonated a fire
        inspector in a Lanham, Maryland school was less than cooperative
        during his arraignment in a federal court today.
        Noel Gibson ultimately pleaded the Fifth at his arraignment in
        Greenbelt federal court.
        But he initially ignored several requests to state his name --
        instead making various comments to the judge about acting on his
        own behalf and asking if she'd gotten the affidavit he'd sent the
        court.
        His lawyer asked for a recess to speak to his client. A
        half-hour later, the lawyer told the court that Gibson would invoke
        his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
        Gibson's trial on a charge of making a false statement to a
        federal investigator is set for June 22nd. The judge entered an
        innocent plea on Gibson's behalf.
        Gibson has not been charged in connection with more than 30
        arson cases in the D-C, Maryland and Virginia. But investigators
        have yet to rule him out as a suspect.

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        • #19
          TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) - This is Arson Awareness Week, and the
          annual event is taking on a greater importance this year in the
          Washington area, where a serial arsonist remains on the loose.
          Since March 8, 2003, there have been 36 fires and one attempted
          arson considered similar in nature in the District of Columbia,
          suburban Maryland and northern Virginia. The last fire occurred in
          April 16, about two months after a Valentine's Day blaze.
          "Sixty days between fires certainly makes it a little more
          difficult for the investigators, but we continue to receive
          leads," Prince George's County Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said
          Thursday. Blackwell heads the Arson Task Force investigating the
          cases, 15 of which have been conclusively linked, though since Feb.
          2004, they have stopped making conclusive links.
          The incidents represent only a fraction of the workload that
          arson investigators in the region have been handling in recent
          months. Arson cases involving teenagers are also increasing.
          Since early April, four juveniles under 17 have been charged in
          Prince George's County. The arrests of two others are pending in
          connection with separate fires at schools and a home, Blackwell
          said.
          On Thursday, Blackwell joined Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom
          Carr for an assembly at Rolling Terrace Elementary School, telling
          many of the school's 730 students that children just a few years
          older than them have been getting into some very serious trouble.
          "We've had to arrest some children and take them to jail for
          setting fires," said Blackwell. The words were not meant to
          frighten the children, but both Blackwell and Carr agreed that
          reinforcing the messages that starting fires is a dangerous crime
          could help prevent such acts in the future.
          "A number of our fire setters have been juveniles," said Pete
          Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman. In
          the past few years, 50 percent of those charged with arson in the
          county have been under 18.
          At Sherwood High School, a computer lab was vandalized and set
          ablaze Feb. 15, causing $15,000 in damage. A juvenile has pleaded
          guilty in that case, but other similar cases have remained
          unsolved.
          The Phoenix II school for students with special needs in
          Gaithersburg, Md., was destroyed by arson on May 6, 2001. The fire
          caused more than $1 million in damage and displaced 45 students.
          Although the incident has been labeled a cold case, investigators
          used the anniversary to solicit new leads.
          "We know somebody knows what happened, and we're hoping that
          time has helped them make the decision to come forward and help us
          solve this case," Piringer said.
          ---
          On the Net:
          Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department:
          http://www.pgfireems.com
          Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service:
          http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/si...ge/mc/services dfr
          s/index.html

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          • #20
            Updated List

            Here is the list of 37 cases being investigated. There have been
            18 fires and one attempted arson in the District of Columbia, 15
            fires in Prince George's County, Md., 1 fire in Alexandria, Va., 1
            fire in Fairfax County, Va., and 1 fire in Montgomery County, Md.
            An asterisk (*) means it is one of the 15 cases conclusively
            linked to one another. However, since February 2004, the Arson Task
            Force has stopped conclusively linking cases, and simply adds them
            to the list of cases being investigated.

            District of Columbia:

            March 8, 2003: 1700 D St., SE
            March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Road, SE
            May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
            May 17, 2003: 3367 Alden Place, NE
            May 20, 2003: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
            May 22, 2003: 105 53rd Street, NE
            June 5, 2003: 2800 Evarts Street, NE - killed Lou Edna Jones, 86
            June 5, 2003: 1415 Ames Place, NE
            June 9,2003: 2500 N Street, SE
            June 10, 2003: 5038 Drake Place, SE
            June 25, 2003: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW (*)
            June 25, 2003: 1901 13th Street, NW
            June 30, 2003: 2500 Randolph Street, NE
            July 2, 2003: 300 block of 17th Street, SE
            Sep. 8, 2003: 200 block of Quakenbos Street, NW (*)
            Sep. 10, 2003: 4700 block of Dix Street, NE (*)
            Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE (*) -- attempted arson,
            suspect chased before fire could be started
            Oct. 8, 2003: 1300 block of Otis St., NE (*)
            Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE (*)

            Prince George's County, Md.:

            April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill.
            April 20, 2003: 5700 Jay Street, Fairmount Heights
            May 27, 2003: 2900 St. Claire Drive, Marlow Heights
            May 29, 2003: 1226 Benning Road, Capitol Heights
            June 13, 2003: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights (*)
            June 17, 2003: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
            June 17, 2003: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights
            (*)
            June 19, 2003: 2916 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
            June 20, 2003: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks (*)
            June 21, 2003: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights (*)
            June 22, 2003: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights (*)
            Sep. 4, 2003: 5100 block of Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill (*)
            Dec. 20, 2003: 5700 block of 83rd Place, New Carrollton (*)
            Jan. 22, 2004: 3814 55th Avenue, Bladensburg (*)
            Apr. 16, 2004: 2400 block of Rosecroft Village Circle East, Oxon
            Hill

            Montgomery County, Md.:

            Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring

            Alexandria, Va.:
            Nov. 16, 2003: 4400 block of West Braddock Road (*)

            Fairfax County, Va.:

            Feb. 6, 2004: 7100 block of Richmond Highway (Alexandria section
            of county)

            Source: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department


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            • #21
              June 15th

              MOUNT RAINIER, Md. (AP) - A suspicious fire in an apartment
              building early Tuesday became the 39th blaze in the past 15 months
              to be investigated by the Washington area's arson task force.
              The blaze broke out in a stairwell between the second and third
              stories of the 1960's era garden-style apartment building in a
              massive complex less than one mile east of Washington.
              "This fire was deliberately set," said Capt. Chauncey Bowers
              of the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services
              Department. He said the building and circumstances are similar to
              other apartment fires on the list.
              Five people were treated for smoke inhalation, including four
              who had to be rescued by firefighters from the third floor.
              Residents were unable to reach a fire extinguisher in the hallway
              because of the smoke and flames.
              "Thank God there was somebody up who was able to see the
              blaze," said Shawanda Hardy, 33, a second floor resident of the
              building.
              She escaped with her husband and children after she was alerted
              by the shouts of neighbors.
              Of the 39 fires under investigation, Tuesday's was the 16th in
              Prince George's County. Investigators believe that 14 fires and one
              attempted arson on the list are conclusively linked.
              A reward of $35,000 has been offered for information leading to
              an arrest and indictment in the cases. Since April, three fires
              have occurred at mid-month. Fourteen of the fires on the list
              occurred last June.
              Most of the fires have occurred in the overnight hours outside
              of occupied dwellings. Although investigators did not immediately
              determine whether a flammable liquid was involved in the latest
              blaze, some residents reported smelling gasoline, Bowers said.
              ---
              On the Net:
              Arson Task Force: http://www.pgfireems.com


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              • #22
                Here is the list of 39 cases being investigated by the Arson
                Task Force. There have been 18 fires and one attempted arson in the
                District of Columbia, 16 fires in Prince George's County, Md., one
                fire in Alexandria, Va., two fires in Fairfax County, Va., and one
                fire in Montgomery County, Md.
                An asterisk (.) means it is one of the 15 cases conclusively
                linked to one another. However, since February 2004, the Arson Task
                Force has stopped conclusively linking cases, and simply adds them
                to the list of cases being investigated.
                District of Columbia:
                March 8, 2003: 1700 D St., SE
                March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Road, SE
                May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
                May 17, 2003: 3367 Alden Place, NE
                May 20, 2003: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
                May 22, 2003: 105 53rd Street, NE
                June 5, 2003: 2800 Evarts Street, NE - killed Lou Edna Jones, 86
                June 5, 2003: 1415 Ames Place, NE
                June 9,2003: 2500 N Street, SE
                June 10, 2003: 5038 Drake Place, SE
                June 25, 2003: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW (.)
                June 25, 2003: 1901 13th Street, NW
                June 30, 2003: 2500 Randolph Street, NE
                July 2, 2003: 300 block of 17th Street, SE
                Sep. 8, 2003: 200 block of Quakenbos Street, NW (.)
                Sep. 10, 2003: 4700 block of Dix Street, NE (.)
                Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE (.) -- attempted arson,
                suspect chased before fire could be started
                Oct. 8, 2003: 1300 block of Otis St., NE (.)
                Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE (.)
                Prince George's County, Md.:
                April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill.
                April 20, 2003: 5700 Jay Street, Fairmount Heights
                May 27, 2003: 2900 St. Claire Drive, Marlow Heights
                May 29, 2003: 1226 Benning Road, Capitol Heights
                June 13, 2003: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights (.)
                June 17, 2003: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
                June 17, 2003: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights
                (.)
                June 19, 2003: 2916 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
                June 20, 2003: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks (.)
                June 21, 2003: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights (.)
                June 22, 2003: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights (.)
                Sep. 4, 2003: 5100 block of Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill (.)
                Dec. 20, 2003: 5700 block of 83rd Place, New Carrollton (.)
                Jan. 22, 2004: 3814 55th Avenue, Bladensburg (.)
                June 15, 2004: 4200 block of Russell Avenue, Mount Rainier
                Montgomery County, Md.:
                Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring
                Alexandria, Va.:
                Nov. 16, 2003: 4400 block of West Braddock Road (.)
                Fairfax County, Va.:
                Feb. 6, 2004: 7100 block of Richmond Highway (Alexandria section
                of county)
                May 13, 2004: 3400 block of Beachcraft Drive (Alexandria section
                of county)
                Source: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department


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                • #23
                  Fire in vacant apartment complex could be added to task force
                  probe

                  WASHINGTON (AP) - A suspicious fire at a vacant apartment
                  complex in Southeast is being investigated as a possible case of
                  arson. The blaze broke out just before eleven p-m at an unoccupied
                  complex in the 28-hundred block of Hartford Street, Southeast. The
                  blaze broke out in one of the vacant apartments.
                  Although investigators from the D-C Fire and Emergency Medical
                  Services Department were conducting the preliminary probe, W-U-S-A
                  T-V is reporting that the regional arson task force may be asked to
                  take a look at the case.
                  The task force has been investigating a string of fires that
                  have plagued the Washington region since March of last year. Of
                  more than 40 suspicious fires they have checked out, 18 cases of
                  arson and one attempted arson have occurred in the District.

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                  • #24
                    August 30th

                    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Members of the Arson Task Force were
                    investigating a Fairfax County house fire to see if it was the work
                    of the Washington region's serial arsonist.
                    Firefighters were called to a single family home in the county's
                    Huntington section early Monday. No one was home and there were no
                    injuries. About an hour after county fire investigators arrived, a
                    decision was made to alert the task force which is investigating
                    dozens of other cases.
                    "It's still at the very initial stages of the investigation. So
                    at this point it's too soon to say anything as far as any type of
                    linkage to the serial arsonist," said Mike Campbell, a spokesman
                    for the Washington Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol,
                    Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF is among the member agencies
                    of the task force.
                    Thirty-nine cases dating to March 8, 2003, are already being
                    investigated by the Arson Task Force. Most are in the District of
                    Columbia and neighboring Prince George's County, Md., but there are
                    two earlier cases in Fairfax County from February and May of this
                    year. There are also cases in Alexandria, Va., and Montgomery
                    County, Md.
                    The last fire added to the list occurred June 15 in the Mount
                    Rainier section of Prince George's. Monday's incident had some
                    similarities to many of the other cases, with the fire beginning in
                    the early hours of the morning on the outside of the house.
                    "Apparently, a neighbor noticed the fire and contacted 911, and
                    the neighbor went over and attempted to extinguish the fire," said
                    Lt. Raul Castillo, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and
                    Rescue Department. He said it began near the front door, about an
                    hour after the homeowner left for work. Damage was minimal.
                    In February, the task force released a detailed sketch of a
                    suspect, based on the description of one witness who was at an
                    attempted arson in Northeast Washington on Sept. 14.
                    A June 5, 2003, fire in Northeast Washington killed an elderly
                    woman.



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                    • #25
                      Back Again??

                      BLADENSBURG, Md. - Prince George's County fire officials say a
                      fire set in Bladensburg this morning appears to be the work of the
                      serial arsonist.
                      Fire and rescue spokesman Mark Brady says the serial arsonists
                      task force has been called to the scene. The fire started in the
                      stairwell of an apartment building at the Hilltop Manor Apartments
                      on 53rd Avenue around 5 a-m.
                      Brady says the fire was caused by a flammable liquid, at an
                      occupied dwelling, in the early morning hours -- those elements are
                      characteristics of the serial arsonist.
                      Three residents had to be rescued from their second floor
                      apartments. No one was seriously hurt but two people are said to be
                      driving themselves to a local hospital for treatment of smoke
                      inhalation.
                      Brady says the serial arsonists has stuck in Prince George's
                      County at least 17 times.


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                      • #26
                        Arson aimed at Military?

                        SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Fire investigators in three area
                        counties are trying to determine whether government passenger cars
                        used by military recruiters are being targeted for arson.
                        The three latest cases involved cars authorized for Army use
                        that were parked outside of a recruiting office in the 82-hundred
                        block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. They were burned early
                        Monday.
                        The case is similar to an incident that occurred outside of a
                        military recruiting office in Fairfax last Monday. The Washington
                        Post reports that a car parked near a recruiting station in
                        76-hundred block of Richmond Highway was burned. Another vehicle
                        was burned early Friday in the 13-thousand 900 block of Lee-Jackson
                        Memorial Highway.
                        Arson investigators in Prince George's County are checking their
                        records to see if they have any cases that fit a similar profile.
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                        • #27
                          December 8th

                          BLADENSBURG, Md. (AP) - Arson investigators on the scene of an
                          apartment fire Tuesday said it was likely the work of a serial
                          arsonist who has now struck 45 times in the Washington, D.C.,
                          region.
                          The fire broke out just before 5 a.m. in the stairwell of a
                          four-unit building at the Hilltop Manner Apartments. Lawrence
                          Brown, 58, had just woken up for his bus route with the Prince
                          George's County Schools.
                          "I heard someone walking around upstairs," Brown said. "I
                          heard the door slam, and when I walked back into my living room it
                          was filled with smoke."
                          Brown looked for a fire in his apartment but didn't see flames
                          until he opened his front door and the stairwell was engulfed. It
                          was the only way in or out besides the windows. Brown said he was
                          startled but managed to climb out his back bedroom window.
                          Neighbors said they didn't see anyone unusual in the area.
                          Upstairs residents in the two-story building were hanging out
                          their windows when firefighters arrived, said Mark Brady, spokesman
                          for Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. Two residents drove
                          themselves to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation.
                          The front door to the building was unlocked because a key pad
                          had not yet been wired, said John Darby, a maintenance worker at
                          the apartment complex.
                          The early morning timing, the occupied building and the use of
                          an ignitable liquid all pointed firefighters on the scene to
                          suspect the serial arsonist, Brady said.
                          From the smell, "it was easy to detect an ignitable liquid,"
                          Brady said.
                          Arson Task Force investigators were called in and interviewed
                          witnesses, surveyed the damage and took fingerprints. Brady said
                          damage to the stairwell totaled about $5,000 to $10,000.
                          It was the first time the serial arsonist struck since a Sept.
                          23 fire in Wheaton, Md., in Montgomery County. He is also suspected
                          of starting fires in the District of Columbia and northern
                          Virginia. Most of the fires have been at single family homes and
                          only a handful were at apartments. A June 5, 2003, D.C. blaze
                          killed an elderly woman.
                          "It's totally random," Brady said. "There's no rhyme or
                          reason we can tell at this point for his targets."
                          The regional Arson Task Force is offering a $35,000 reward for
                          information that helps solve the case.
                          "Somebody out there knows something about the individual
                          involved," Brady said. "We need to hear about it."
                          ---
                          On the Net:
                          Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department:
                          http://www.pgfireems.com


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                          • #28
                            Dec.13th

                            WASHINGTON (AP) - Firefighters returned Monday to a Northeast
                            Washington neighborhood targeted several times by the region's
                            serial arsonist.
                            "People are very worried, and I understand that. A lot of the
                            folks in the neighborhood are worried when they go to bed at night
                            that this person might make them a target," said Battalion Chief
                            Gary Palmer of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical
                            Services Department.
                            Palmer and his crew canvassed the area around the scene of
                            Friday's fire - the 46th case linked to the arsonist. No one was
                            hurt in that blaze, but in June 2003, an elderly woman was killed
                            in another fire on the list barely half a mile away. Firefighters
                            went door to door Monday, trying to reassure residents and offering
                            advice on staying safe.
                            "Leaving your porch light on, leaving your rear lights on,
                            removing combustibles away from your home," Palmer said.
                            The arsonist is blamed for 45 fires and one attempted arson in
                            D.C. and several Maryland and Virginia suburbs.


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                              Federal charges dropped against suspect in serial arsons

                              WASHINGTON (AP) - The only person ever identified as a suspect
                              in the D-C area's serial arson case remains behind bars, even
                              though he no longer faces a federal charge.
                              Thirty-three-year-old Noel Gibson of Riverdale Heights was
                              arrested in March of last year after, investigators say, he told
                              them he worked for the Fairfax County Fire Department and that his
                              name was Haywood Phillip Marshall.
                              Gibson was accused of showing up at Magnolia Elementary School
                              in Prince George's County, claiming to be a fire investigator and
                              asking for a list of teachers and other information. An affidavit
                              says Gibson carried "an identification card for Michael Keyes of
                              the Prince George's County Fire Department."
                              Gibson was not charged in connection with any of the area's 44
                              arsons, but he spent nearly seven-and-a-half months behind bars on
                              the charges of lying to investigators. The arsons continued while
                              Gibson remained in jail.
                              The U-S Attorney dismissed the charges in November, but the
                              dismissal motion says there are pending prosecutions against
                              Gibson, so he remains in jail.


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                                Johnson proposes search authority for arson investigators


                                UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County fire
                                investigators may have a new tool in their search for the serial
                                arsonist who's set 44 fires in the Washington area over the past 22
                                months.
                                County Executive Jack Johnson wants to give them the power to
                                search property. They're currently allowed to make arrests, but
                                aren't allowed to conduct searches unless police are present.
                                The county's lobbyist says Johnson has proposed legislation in
                                Annapolis to give fire investigators search authority because it
                                will be more efficient.
                                It's one of several items on Johnson's legislative agenda for
                                the 2005 General Assembly session, beginning next week.
                                The plan also includes bills to close liquor stores between
                                midnight and 6 a-m.

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