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City probation office firebombed

Police are looking for one or more people suspected of firebombing the Probation and Parole Office in Winchester early Monday morning.



By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

Police are looking for one or more people suspected of firebombing the Probation and Parole Office in Winchester early Monday morning.

Officers responded to the office shortly before 3:50 a.m. for a reported structure fire, according to the Winchester Police Department. Officers arrived and found a fire on the east side of the building near air conditioner units, a release states.

Police at the scene tried to put out the fire but could not due to its size, according to the release. Firefighters put out the blaze and authorities determined that someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the window of the business, according to the release.

The suspect or suspects fled the area on foot, police said. Authorities tried to find the suspect or suspects using a K-9 officer but were unsuccessful, the release notes.

The fire caused approximately $8,000 in damage to a window and an outside air conditioning unit, according to the police.

The probation office building sustained much more damage in a similar firebombing June 8, 2003, at which point the suspects tossed a Molotov cocktail through a window. The bottle ignited the inside of an office and the fire spread, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Anthony Rickman was sentenced to five years in prison for firebombing the building and co-defendants Natasha Saville and Dwayne Funkhouser received lesser terms for related charges.

Police ask that anyone with information about the Monday morning incident call the department at 545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 665-TIPS.




6 Comments



wouldn't it have cost less than $8,000 to have put in stronger glass after the first time?

OR is there profit potential for convicting and sentencing and incarcerating individual found guilty of doing this?

OR do we not want additional health care costs when the cocktail bounces off protective glass and lands on the perp?

seems odd...

You know what I think is odd? It's odd that you go straight to conspiracy theories and blaming the goverment for somehow encouraging punks to vandalize the building. All three of your points are silly.

OF COURSE they are silly points - CONGRATS on your astute observations!

But I still think they could have put in stronger/thicker glass after the first incident a several years back...

Oh. You were being sarcastic. Thats nice.

Hey, you guys.... hold up a few more minutes until the popcorn is ready.

Steve? Steve, is that you again?

ROFLMAO

Bwaaahhhhh hahahahahahaha

No show today ROFL, so forget the popcorn...sarcasm is so fun when you type it - hard to tell what's really behind the thoughts.

I STILL though - believe they could have avoided this by simply installing stronger glass!

come on, you gotta agree with me on that point...



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