Arsonists and Looters in the Oregon Fires


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More arsonists have been caught in Oregon over the past few days.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday afternoon that on Tuesday evening, a resident of Phoenix saw a person, later identified as Bakkela, lighting a fire behind their house on Quail Lane. Because there was an impending blaze, the residents who saw him set the fire had to flee their home.

When state troopers and sheriff’s deputies arrived, they saw Bakkela standing close to a large fire that was threatening several homes.

Bakkela was arrested and initially lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. He remains in jail on the arson and criminal mischief charges.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that two people have been found dead in the aftermath of the Almeda fire. [1]

This follows a recent trend. A similar case was confirmed in Springfield.

On Thursday, deputies arrested Jonathan Maas, 44, of Springfield on suspicion of arson in the first degree in connection with the Dexter fire.

“While this fire was discovered and extinguished before it grew in size, the potential for the fire to have spread quickly was there,” the sheriff’s office said. “We are thankful for the community members who spotted and extinguished the fire before it was able to hurt anyone or cause any structure damage. [2]

Meanwhile the looting trend continues as well.

The pursuit continued westbound on Highway 22 taking the exit into the Stayton/Sublimity areas.

The suspect vehicle drove onto and through the golf course while deputies set up near Sublimity and successfully deployed spike strips and disabled the vehicle.

Two male suspects ran from the vehicle. With the assistance of Linn County’s K9 and other nearby agencies, one suspect was immediately located and taken into custody near the golf course. At the time he was seen as attempting to break into a home.

The other male was seen going into a goat shed near the Golf Lane SE area. He was located by a Linn County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit. [3]

As civil unrest gears up, the tactics become more apocalyptic. Obvious truths are ignored for convenient hopes. We long ago reached the stage where it could be said that if you choose not to see the truth now, nothing could convince you.

Notes

1 ‘Man arrested, charged with arson in connection with southern Oregon fire’ – Oregon Live

2 Sheriff: Springfield man tried to start fire at Dexter frisbee golf course this week – kval.com

3 ‘Two men accused of looting inside Oregon wildfire evacuation area’ – kval.com