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    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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    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."
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    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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    WASHINGTON (AP) - As the second anniversary of the start of the
    serial arsons approaches, investigators on Tuesday upped the ante
    to find the suspect. They nearly tripled the reward - from $35,000
    to $100,000 - for information that leads to the arrest and
    conviction of the person behind more than 40 fires.
    The arsons began March 8, 2003, in the District of Columbia.
    Since then, there have also been cases in Prince George's and
    Montgomery counties in Maryland, and Fairfax County and the City of
    Alexandria in Virginia. The most recent was Dec. 10 in Northeast
    Washington.
    Forty-five fires and one attempted arson are linked to the
    suspect. A Northeast Washington fire on June 5, 2003 - one of two
    that day - killed an elderly woman.
    According to the Arson Task Force, the extra reward money came
    from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which
    gave $60,000, and the Montgomery County Department of Fire and
    Rescue Services, which added $5,000.


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    WASHINGTON (AP) - Here is the list of 48 cases being
    investigated by the Arson Task Force. There have been 24 fires and
    1 attempted arson in the District of Columbia, 17 fires in Prince
    George's County, Md., 2 fires in Montgomery County, Md., 1 fire in
    Alexandria, Va., and 3 fires in Fairfax County, Va.

    District of Columbia:

    March 8, 2003: 1705 D St., SE
    March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Street, SE
    April 28, 2003: 3708 4th Street, SE
    May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
    May 16, 2003: 2928 10th Street, NE
    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 15th Street, NW
    June 30, 2003: 2505 Randolph Street, NE
    July 2, 2003: 316 17th Street, SE
    Sep. 8, 2003: 202 Quakenbos Street, NW
    Sep. 10, 2003: 4713 Dix Street, NE
    Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE -- attempted arson,
    suspect chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8, 2003: 1315 Otis St., NE
    Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE
    Sep. 8, 2004: 2800 block of Channing St., NE -- car fire
    Sep. 20, 2004: 2804 30th St., NE
    Dec. 6, 2004: 5055 11th Street, NE
    Dec. 10, 2004: 3000 block of Yost Pl., NE

    Prince George's County, Md.:

    April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill
    April 8, 2003: 1813 Jarvis Avenue, Oxon Hill
    May 10, 2003: 1505 Fenwood Avenue, Oxon Hill
    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: 2619 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: 5101 Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill
    Dec. 20, 2003: 5702 83rd Place, New Carrollton
    Jan. 22, 2004: 3418 55th Avenue, Bladensburg
    Apr. 16, 2004: 2401 Rosecroft Village Circle East, Oxon Hill
    June 15, 2004: 4200 block of Russell Avenue, Mount Rainier
    Sept. 17, 2004: 6302 49th Avenue, Riverdale Park
    Dec. 7, 2004: 4205 53rd Avenue, Bladensburg

    Montgomery County, Md.:

    Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring
    Sep. 23, 2004: 10817 Amherst Ave., Wheaton

    Alexandria, Va.:

    Nov. 16, 2003: 4410 West Braddock Road

    Fairfax County, Va.:

    Feb. 6, 2004: 7101 Richmond Highway (Alexandria section of
    county)
    May 13, 2004: 3403 Beachcraft Drive (Alexandria section of
    county)
    Aug. 30, 2004: 4012 Elmwood Drive (Huntington section of county)

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - At 5:42 tomorrow morning, it will be exactly
    two years since the serial arsonist first struck.
    He remains on the loose.
    The first fire was set early on March 8th, 2003. The target was
    a home at 1705 'D' Street, in Southeast Washington. Since then, the
    arsonist has branched out -- starting fires in three quadrants of
    the District, plus Prince George's, Montgomery and Fairfax
    counties, as well as the City of Alexandria.
    The list has been amended several times, but the Arson Task
    Force puts the current total at 48 cases. One of them -- a June
    2003 blaze in Northeast D-C -- killed 86-year-old Lou Edna Jones.
    Hoping that money would talk, the task force earlier this month
    nearly tripled the reward to 100-thousand dollars. There's also a
    sketch of a possible suspect that's been circulated since February
    of last year. But still, the arsonist remains on the loose.

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    Post April 5, 2005

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Arson Task Force was called to investigate
    whether a house fire was the work of the D-C region's serial
    arsonist.
    The home in suburban Takoma Park, Maryland, was gutted, but no
    one was hurt in yesterday's fire. Damage was estimated at
    400-thousand dollars.
    Authorities feared the fire might have been started by a serial
    arsonist who has struck at least 48 times in Washington and several
    suburbs since March 8th, 2003. The last fire linked to the arsonist
    occurred December 10th of last year in northeast Washington.
    Authorities say the fire is believed to have started on or under
    the front porch, where combustibles such as gasoline were stored.
    The fire's origin is similar to other cases attributed to the
    arsonist. But authorities say the arsonist generally strikes in the
    pre-dawn hours, and yesterday's fire started just before 7:30 a-m.
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    Quick question...

    Have they looked at the Hunter's Brook peopple for any of the DC arsons?

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    I have seen no mention of that. While geographically possible....I still think it would be a stretch for these individuals to be involved in the DC arsons....but not impossible. I would also assume that the Task Force has interviewed them, or looked at investigators findings for similarities.
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    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - The man suspected of being the Washington
    area's serial arsonist will be back in court Friday for a detention
    hearing.
    Fifty-year-old Thomas Sweatt made his initial appearance in
    Greenbelt federal court after his arrest yesterday.
    He wore tinted eyeglasses and a blue dress shirt, and his
    graying hair appeared somewhat disheveled. He spoke quietly,
    answering "yes" when the judge asked if he understood the
    charges.
    Sweatt is charged with offenses relating to two fires in
    Maryland and three in the District. The charges include arson and
    illegal possession of a destructive device.
    In charging documents, prosecutors say Sweatt set the fires
    using a device consisting of a one gallon jug, a plastic bag and
    gasoline. He allegedly lit a cloth he attached to it.

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    Here is the list of 48 cases being investigated by the Arson
    Task Force. There have been 24 fires and 1 attempted arson in the
    District of Columbia, 17 fires in Prince George's County, Md., 2
    fires in Montgomery County, Md., 1 fire in Alexandria, Va., and 3
    fires in Fairfax County, Va.

    District of Columbia:

    March 8, 2003: 1705 D St., SE
    March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Street, SE
    April 28, 2003: 3708 4th Street, SE
    May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
    May 16, 2003: 2928 10th Street, NE
    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 15th Street, NW
    June 30, 2003: 2505 Randolph Street, NE
    July 2, 2003: 316 17th Street, SE
    Sep. 8, 2003: 202 Quakenbos Street, NW
    Sep. 10, 2003: 4713 Dix Street, NE
    Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE -- attempted arson,
    suspect chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8, 2003: 1315 Otis St., NE
    Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE
    Sep. 8, 2004: 2800 block of Channing St., NE -- car fire
    Sep. 20, 2004: 2804 30th St., NE
    Dec. 6, 2004: 5055 11th Street, NE
    Dec. 10, 2004: 3000 block of Yost Pl., NE

    Prince George's County, Md.:

    April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill
    April 8, 2003: 1813 Jarvis Avenue, Oxon Hill
    May 10, 2003: 1505 Fenwood Avenue, Oxon Hill
    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: 2619 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: 5101 Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill
    Dec. 20, 2003: 5702 83rd Place, New Carrollton
    Jan. 22, 2004: 3418 55th Avenue, Bladensburg
    Apr. 16, 2004: 2401 Rosecroft Village Circle East, Oxon Hill
    June 15, 2004: 4200 block of Russell Avenue, Mount Rainier
    Sept. 17, 2004: 6302 49th Avenue, Riverdale Park
    Dec. 7, 2004: 4205 53rd Avenue, Bladensburg

    Montgomery County, Md.:

    Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring
    Sep. 23, 2004: 10817 Amherst Ave., Wheaton

    Alexandria, Va.:

    Nov. 16, 2003: 4410 West Braddock Road

    Fairfax County, Va.:

    Feb. 6, 2004: 7101 Richmond Highway (Alexandria section of
    county)
    May 13, 2004: 3403 Beachcraft Drive (Alexandria section of
    county)
    Aug. 30, 2004: 4012 Elmwood Drive (Huntington section of county)

    Source: Arson Task Force


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    By DERRILL HOLLY
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - DNA evidence led to the arrest Wednesday of a
    serial arson suspect wanted in connection with more than 40 fires
    that have occurred since March 8, 2003.
    Thomas Sweatt, 50, a fast food store manager from the District
    of Columbia, faces multiple charges in connection with arsons that
    have occurred in the district, suburban Maryland and northern
    Virginia.
    "This guy posed a huge threat to everyone's safety in our
    region," said Chief Charles H. Ramsey of the D.C. Metropolitan
    Police Department.
    The break in the investigation came last week after DNA samples
    extracted from a pair of U.S. Marine Corps issue dress-blue slacks
    was analyzed at the Montgomery County, Md., crime lab.
    "Those pants had DNA that matched DNA we found at other
    fires," said Theresa Stoop, special agent in charge of the
    Baltimore Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
    and Explosives. The pants were found at the scene of an Arlington
    County, Va., fire that occurred Dec. 5, 2004, and was never added
    to the public list of fires under investigation by the arson task
    force.
    It is unclear how Sweatt obtained the military-issue pants, and
    authorities said there was no immediate indication he served in the
    armed forces. But investigators contacted the Naval Criminal
    Investigation Service and were informed that NCIS had investigated
    a string of vehicle arsons in early 2003. Although Sweatt was never
    charged in those cases, he was considered a suspect, Stoop said.
    "This threat is over, this nightmare has ended," said Stoop,
    who announced that Sweatt had been taken into custody in Prince
    George's County, Md.
    Sweatt was questioned by investigators for several hours
    Wednesday, and had reportedly confessed to at least one fire.
    Investigators did not expect to make any additional arrests in the
    case.
    Sweatt is charged with six federal counts in Maryland and five
    in D.C. At his initial court appearance late Wednesday afternoon in
    Greenbelt, Md., federal court, Sweatt spoke quietly, answering
    "yes" when the judge asked if he understood the charges. A
    detention hearing is set for Friday morning.
    The arrest came as a relief for both residents and officials
    worried when the elusive arsonist would strike again.
    "All of us were victims of the serial arsonist as all of us
    remained on edge not knowing where this person would strike next,"
    said D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams. The fires were linked to the
    probe by common evidence: gasoline used as an accelerant,
    one-gallon plastic containers found at the scenes, plastic bags and
    cloth material used as wicks.
    "We were out of our home and in a hotel for eight months,"
    said Markos Kebede, whose New Carrollton, Md., home was damaged in
    a fire that occurred on Dec. 20, 2003. Fear lingered even after
    their home was repaired.
    "We were afraid. That's why we got the alarm system," Kebede
    said.
    Sweatt has not been charged with murder in the June 5, 2003,
    fire that killed Lou Edna Jones, 86. of Northeast Washington, but
    Ramsey said those charges are pending.
    Co-workers at the KFC-Pizza Hut store where Sweatt works were
    also questioned by investigators.
    "It's just shocking to me. He was real soft spoken. He was a
    fatherly, shy type figure," said Joseph Hunter, 34, a KFC cook who
    has worked there two months. The store was closed Wednesday.
    "While we have had no reason to suspect any wrongdoing, we are
    fully cooperating with the authorities in this investigation," KFC
    spokeswoman Bonnie Warschauer said in a statement from the
    company's Louisville, Ky., headquarters.
    Investigators also searched portions of an apartment building
    Sweatt owned with his sister in Southeast Washington. The two have
    lived in separate apartments in the four-unit building for at least
    15 years. Sweatt was often seen sweeping sidewalks and picking up
    litter along Lebaum Street.
    "He would start at the front of the block and clean all the way
    past his building, just to make the neighborhood a better place,"
    said Jose Muse, 31, who owns the building next to Sweatt's.
    "He and his sister are good people, when you see them all
    they're doing is fixing up buildings, cleaning up and doing good
    things for the community," said Antwan Drayton, who lives across
    the street.
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    contributed to this report.


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    By BRIAN WESTLEY
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    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - The man who investigators believe is
    responsible for dozens of arsons in the Washington area is addicted
    to setting fires and would strike again if given the chance,
    prosecutors said Friday.
    Thomas A. Sweatt, 50, appeared in U.S. District Court in
    Greenbelt for a detention hearing, where a judge ordered him held
    without bond until trial, saying he posed a clear danger to the
    community.
    "He enjoys it, your honor," Assistant U.S. Attorney Mythili
    Raman said. "There is no doubt in the government's mind that if he
    was released, he would continue to set these fires."
    In urging U.S. Magistrate Judge William Connelly to keep Sweatt
    in custody, Raman noted that the fires were repeatedly set despite
    intense media coverage, a $100,000 reward and a sketch of the
    suspect.
    Prosecutors also told the judge that Sweatt, when questioned by
    investigators this week, implicated himself in more than 30 fires.
    They said he even made a New Year's resolution in a failed attempt
    to stop.
    So far, Sweatt, who lives in Southeast Washington, faces 11
    federal charges in connection with four fires and an attempted
    arson in Maryland and the district. It is not clear where he will
    stand trial first.
    He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
    The two-year string of arsons began in March 2003, with many of
    the fires set on porches by lighting a plastic jug filled with
    gasoline and cloth material used as a wick.
    One of the fires, set on June 5, 2003, killed 86-year-old Lou
    Edna Jones, who lived in Northeast Washington. No charges have been
    filed in that case.
    Authorities have said they linked Sweatt to the fires after
    collecting DNA from items found at several of the crime scenes,
    including Marine Corps dress pants from a fire set in Arlington,
    Va.
    Prosecutors said Friday that Sweatt knew he was putting people
    in danger. In February 2004, they said, a fire was set in the
    stairwell of an apartment building in Silver Spring, trapping
    residents who had to be rescued by firefighters.
    "This is a man who acted deliberately, who acted knowingly,"
    Raman said.
    Sweatt's defense attorney, John C. Chamble, argued that he was
    in an unfair position to refute the prosecution's claims because he
    has not been able to review what Sweatt told investigators during
    questioning.
    "Show me the beef, show me something," he said.
    Chamble, chief of the Greenbelt office of the Federal Public
    Defender in Maryland, also sought to portray his client as a solid
    citizen.
    He said Sweatt, the manager of a fast-food restaurant, was
    well-regarded by his employees and had no history of drug abuse.
    Chamble urged the judge to allow Sweatt to remain out of jail with
    pretrial supervision.
    Sweatt, wearing a blue shirt and black pants, did not speak
    during the hearing.
    Outside the court, Darlene Lloyd, whose mother, Lou Edna Jones,
    died in one of the fires, said she frequently visited the KFC/Pizza
    Hut restaurant where Sweatt worked.
    "He probably waited on me and then turns around and takes my
    mother's life," she said.
    Outside Jones's home Friday evening, family, friends and fire
    officials gathered for a candlelight vigil. Together, they prayed,
    sang and remembered the woman nicknamed "Mama Lou."
    As someone played solemn music on a trumpet, about 60 people
    held candles and stood around a memorial on a chain link fence
    surrounding the still-charred home. Photos of Jones decorated the
    memorial, which was lined with teddy bears and balloons reading,
    "Happy Mother's Day." A neighbor had planted dozens of tulip
    bulbs, which were just blooming.
    Another of Jones's daughters, Carolyn Jones, 54, expressed joy
    that police had caught the man they believe is responsible for her
    mother's death.
    "I am thrilled that finally, after almost two years, he's been
    caught and he's about to get his just dues," she said.
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    Associated Press Writer Theresa Dickie Branscome contributed to
    this report from Washington.


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    Originally posted by NJFFSA16
    Here is the list of 48 cases being investigated by the Arson
    Task Force. There have been 24 fires and 1 attempted arson in the
    District of Columbia, 17 fires in Prince George's County, Md., 2
    fires in Montgomery County, Md., 1 fire in Alexandria, Va., and 3
    fires in Fairfax County, Va.

    District of Columbia:

    March 8, 2003: 1705 D St., SE
    March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Street, SE
    April 28, 2003: 3708 4th Street, SE
    May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
    May 16, 2003: 2928 10th Street, NE
    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 15th Street, NW
    June 30, 2003: 2505 Randolph Street, NE
    July 2, 2003: 316 17th Street, SE
    Sep. 8, 2003: 202 Quakenbos Street, NW
    Sep. 10, 2003: 4713 Dix Street, NE
    Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE -- attempted arson,
    suspect chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8, 2003: 1315 Otis St., NE
    Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE
    Sep. 8, 2004: 2800 block of Channing St., NE -- car fire
    Sep. 20, 2004: 2804 30th St., NE
    Dec. 6, 2004: 5055 11th Street, NE
    Dec. 10, 2004: 3000 block of Yost Pl., NE

    Prince George's County, Md.:

    April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill
    April 8, 2003: 1813 Jarvis Avenue, Oxon Hill
    May 10, 2003: 1505 Fenwood Avenue, Oxon Hill
    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: 2619 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: 5101 Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill
    Dec. 20, 2003: 5702 83rd Place, New Carrollton
    Jan. 22, 2004: 3418 55th Avenue, Bladensburg
    Apr. 16, 2004: 2401 Rosecroft Village Circle East, Oxon Hill
    June 15, 2004: 4200 block of Russell Avenue, Mount Rainier
    Sept. 17, 2004: 6302 49th Avenue, Riverdale Park
    Dec. 7, 2004: 4205 53rd Avenue, Bladensburg

    Montgomery County, Md.:

    Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring
    Sep. 23, 2004: 10817 Amherst Ave., Wheaton

    Alexandria, Va.:

    Nov. 16, 2003: 4410 West Braddock Road

    Fairfax County, Va.:

    Feb. 6, 2004: 7101 Richmond Highway (Alexandria section of
    county)
    May 13, 2004: 3403 Beachcraft Drive (Alexandria section of
    county)
    Aug. 30, 2004: 4012 Elmwood Drive (Huntington section of county)

    Source: Arson Task Force


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    How about the Arlington County cases? Didn't one of those provide the key link? The S. Queen St. fire I think?
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    Re: Arlington County--Don't know if that was the case.

    Serial arson suspect expected to plead guilty

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The man suspected of setting fires to dozens
    of houses and apartments in the Washington area is expected to
    plead guilty to federal charges.
    The Washington Post reports Thomas Sweatt is due to appear in
    U-S District Court in Greenbelt on Monday. Prosecutors have charged
    him with arson and other felonies.
    The charging document was made public this week at the request
    of prosecutors. Prosecutors said that since the guilty plea hearing
    has now been scheduled, there's no longer a need to keep the
    criminal information sealed.
    The 50-year-old Sweatt has been jailed since his April 26th
    arrest. He also faces possible charges in the District and
    Virginia. His attorney hasn't commented.


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    Post Serial arson suspect pleads guilty in seven cases

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - The suspect in nearly 50 arsons in the
    Washington area pleaded guilty Monday to murder and other federal
    charges.
    Thomas Sweatt, 50, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to
    first-degree murder in the death of Lou Edna Jones, 86, who died of
    smoke inhalation from a fire in her Washington home in June 2003.
    Sweatt also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in the
    death of Annie Brown, 91. She died of smoke inhalation a few days
    after Sweatt set fire to her next-door neighbor's Washington home
    Feb. 5, 2002.
    The fire that killed Brown was separate from the list of 45
    fires that Sweatt admitted setting between March 2003 and December
    2004.
    Under a plea agreement, prosecutors in Montgomery and Prince
    George's counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax counties in
    Virginia and the City of Alexandria, Va., agreed not to bring
    charges against Sweatt for several other arsons.
    Sweatt faces a minimum mandatory life sentence when he returns
    to U.S. District Court on Sept. 12. He could also get an extra 300
    years in prison for 15 charges stemming from the seven fires
    prosecutors chose to charge him with. There is no parole in the
    federal system.
    Sweatt, a fast food eatery manager from Washington, has been in
    custody since his arrest in April. Authorities have said they
    linked Sweatt to the fires after collecting DNA from items found at
    four crime scenes, including Marine Corps dress pants found at a
    fire in Arlington, Va.

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    Post D.C. region's serial arsonist gets life sentence

    By HEATHER GREENFIELD
    Associated Press Writer
    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - As victims of serial arsonist Thomas
    Sweatt spoke at his sentencing Monday, they said they don't
    understand what led him to set random fires that terrorized the
    Washington area for two years.
    "I would love to just find out exactly why he did this," said
    Jean Kyler, whose 94-year-old mother still cannot return to her
    fire-damaged home.
    Sweatt, 50, admitted setting 45 arson fires in the Washington
    area. Investigators know how he did it - using jugs of gasoline and
    wicks made from clothing. But the reason why went unanswered as a
    federal judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 136 years
    Monday.
    "To the victims and the victims' families, I'm very sorry for
    all the harm I've caused you. To those who have lost loved ones, I
    share your hurt every day," Sweatt said.
    He was dressed in a dark gray suit and appeared almost timid as
    he leaned into the microphone to speak.
    The former fast food restaurant manager admitted that between
    February 2003 and December 2004 he set 45 fires in Washington and
    its Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Under a plea deal, local
    prosecutors agreed not to charge Sweatt with other arsons.
    Sweatt also pleaded guilty to two murder charges. He took
    responsibility for the June 2003 death of Lou Edna Jones, 86, in
    her Washington home, and the death of Annie Brown, 91, who died of
    smoke inhalation a few days after Sweatt set fire to her next door
    neighbor's Washington home in February 2002.
    Sweatt, in custody since his arrest in April, showed no emotion
    during the victims' statements or the sentencing, but earlier had
    said he welcomed the sentence.
    U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Kenneth L. Wainstein
    called the sentence "a fitting punishment and a fitting conclusion
    to this case."
    But Jones' daughter, Darlene Lloyd, said the death penalty would
    have been in order: "Why spare his life? He didn't think of
    sparing my mother's life."
    Defense lawyer John Chamble said his client suffers from a
    mental illness.
    Judge Deborah K. Chasanow said she realized Sweatt has mental
    health issues, but they could not excuse what he did and how he
    "terrorized" the community.

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