“Where Maynard went, fires started. Not just once, but over and over again.”
If this guy is found guilty, he is going to jail for a long time.
FOX News reports:
California college professor set arson fire near Dixie Fire, authorities say
A California college professor has been arrested, charged with arson in connection with one of a series of suspected arson fires set near the state’s massive Dixie Fire, authorities said, according to reports.
Gary Maynard, 47, reportedly taught courses at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University, FOX 40 of Sacramento reported, citing information from Maynard’s bio page on the Sonoma State website.
That page was not working on Tuesday night.
Maynard was facing charges of arson in connection with the Ranch Fire as well as unauthorized entry into a closed area, FOX 40 reported. He was arrested Saturday following an investigation that began in July, according to the station.
Court documents indicate that the Ranch Fire and six other fires started between July 6 and Aug. 7 near the Lassen National Forest and Shasta-Trinity National Forest, both in Northern California. The three most recent fires, including the Ranch Fire, started in the area of the Dixie Fire, the report said.
“The area in which Maynard chose to set his fires is near the ongoing Dixie Fire, a fire which is still not contained despite the deployment and efforts of over 5,000 personnel,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Anderson wrote in a memo, according to FOX 40.
Anderson argued that Maynard should remain in custody pending further legal action.
Investigators followed Maynard by tracking his cell phone and car, court documents say.
“Agents had installed a tracker on his vehicle,” Anderson wrote. “Where Maynard went, fires started. Not just once, but over and over again.”
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