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Crime
6:51 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ex-Volunteer Firefighter Gets Probation For Arson

A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to a year of probation for setting three Reno County grass fires amid severe drought last fall.

Cody Knox, 19, apologized Friday in Reno County District Court.

Knox was initially charged with setting 14 grass fires from Oct. 16 to Nov. 27, 2012.

Prosecutors dropped 11 counts last month in exchange for his guilty pleas to three of the charges.

Knox used a cigarette lighter to set the fires, all of which occurred near Arlington. No structures, fences or livestock were threatened.

Arson
12:05 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Wichita Mosque Still Under Construction After Arson Nearly Destroys Building

Members of a mosque in Wichita continue renovation efforts after a fire severely damaged their west side building on October 31, 2011.

Abdelkarim Jibril, president of the Islamic Association of Mid Kansas, says the fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage.

The west side mosque at 3406 W. Taft was the first established in Wichita in 1978.

“The mosque now has a new roof and windows but there’s still lots of work to be done and there is a lot of money being spent to rebuild,” said Jibril.

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Arson
10:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Reward Offered In 2011 Mosque Arson

The FBI and the Wichita Fire Department announced Wednesday the ATF will offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for fire at the Islamic Association of Mid-Kansas.

The fire was reported around 12:45PM on October 31, 2011 and caused approximately $150,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.

The ongoing criminal investigation is being conducted by ATF, FBI and the Wichita Fire Department.