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Former college professor charged with arson spree
« on: November 20, 2021, 08:40:15 AM »
Former college professor charged with arson spree

This summer the Dixie Fire burned more than 950,000 acres and 1,329 structures in California. It was the largest standalone fire in state history and the second largest fire of any type in state history. But there was a curious side-story to the Dixie Fire. A man named Gary Maynard, a former sociology professor who taught criminology classes, was accused of setting multiple fires nearby which potentially could have trapped firefighters trying to fight the Dixie Fire. He was discovered at the scene of one fire because his car got stuck:
Gary Stephen Maynard, 47, of San Jose faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count of arson to federal property, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

The indictment charges Maynard with setting four fires over the course of two weeks in July and August, including the Cascade and Everitt fires, and the Ranch and Conard fires set on in Lassen County. He has also been linked, but not charged, in connection to the Moon Fire, which ignited in Lassen County during the same time period.

San Jose is 250-300 miles by crow flight from Lassen County, and even farther by highway (1/4-1/3 by two lane highway). There are non-sinister recreational reasons why a Bay Arean might want to go to Lassen County - hunting, hiking, fishing, even trail running events - but a Bay Arean would not go there for a casual Sunday drive. From what I've read previously, the former prof seems to be a bit off, possibly the reason he's a former prof.

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