- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Mohave County authorities say a 78-year-old transient has been arrested in connection with fires at two churches in Dolan Springs.

County sheriff’s officials say James Earl Johnson was taken into custody Friday on a felony warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court.

He’s being held on suspicion of two counts each of arson of an occupied structure and aggravated criminal damage.

Authorities say an investigation began Sept. 26 after Dolan Springs Baptist Church and Mount Tipton Community Church were determined to have been deliberately set on fire.

Authorities say Johnson had been asked to leave the churches earlier that day and vowed to take vengeance. They found a partially smoked cigarette at Mount Tipton.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Mohave County Jail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.


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