Officer who reported fire at Police Academy arrested

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The fire caused about $5,000 damage to the gymnasium exterior and burned an 800-square-foot area of brush in a rock garden that’s often used for weddings, said Jim Wells, a Fire Department spokesman. Grady and officials at the Fire Department said they did not know a motive for the fire. The 21-acre Police Academy includes classrooms, a gymnasium, track, athletic field and obstacle course, as well as a firing range. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A veteran police officer who reported a fire at the Police Academy was arrested for investigation of intentionally starting the blaze, authorities said. “After the Fire Department put it out, they became suspicious about the cause,” said Mary Grady, spokeswoman for the Police Department. “Arson investigators believed it was deliberately set and began to question the statements by the officer.” Officer Jonathan Sugar, 41, was taken into custody after Sunday morning’s fire and released without bail early Monday. He is on loan to the department’s training division from the Devonshire Division police station in the San Fernando Valley. A call to the home of a J. Sugar seeking comment was not immediately returned Tuesday. last_img read more

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