Po­lice: Wannabe weath­er­man set fire to gain Face­book views

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

The search is on for a man in a dark blue SUV last seen where a hand­ful of fires be­gan in Ge­or­gia. Au­thor­i­ties in North Carolina sus­pect ar­son in more than 20 wild­fires burn­ing in a na­tional for­est. And in Ken­tucky, a wannabe weath­er­man faces an ar­son charge af­ter po­lice said he ad­mit­ted start­ing a fire to draw at­ten­tion to his Face­book selfie videos.

“It’s re­ally too bad be­cause he’s not a bad kid — he’s just mis­guided,” Jenk­ins Po­lice Chief James Stephens said Fri­day af­ter Johnny Mullins, 21, who was jailed this week on a sec­ond-de­gree ar­son charge.

“He likes to do Face­book videos and have peo­ple fol­low him on his ‘weather fore­cast,’ so that’s pretty much why he did what he did,” the chief said.

No ar­rests were an­nounced in most of the rest of the sus­pi­cious fires, which have been torch­ing forests in and around the south­ern Ap­palachian moun­tains.

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