Authorities seek driver of truck seen when Orange County wildfire started

first_imgAuthorities investigating a destructive Southern California wildfire set by an arsonist are asking for the public’s help in finding a truck seen in the area when the fire started. Authorities released a picture of a white Ford F-150 on Friday and say they want to talk to the driver. They are not calling the driver a suspect. Investigators say the vehicle was seen around the time the fire broke out in an Orange County canyon. The fire has burned 26,000 acres and destroyed 14 homes in the foothills east of Irvine. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Authorities believe the blaze was deliberately set because they found two ignition points within a short distance – a common sign of arson. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante faces online threats over secularism stance

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s premier is speaking out against online threats levelled against Montreal’s mayor over her stance on Bill 21.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has said she’s been the target of increasing threats since making known her opposition to the provincial secularism bill.Plante told reporters threats of physical violence on social media have spiked recently, and she’s taking them very seriously.A senior aide to the mayor told The Canadian Press that messages deemed to have crossed a line have been flagged and given to Montreal police.In Quebec City, Premier Francois Legault called the threats unacceptable and said the debate over Bill 21 must be respectful.Bill 21 would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers, police officers, Crown prosecutors and prison guards — from wearing religious symbols on the job. A grandfather clause would protect people already hired in those positions.The debate surrounding the proposed legislation has been divisive since the bill was tabled last month.“This is unacceptable. We have to repeat again that this debate has to be done respectfully, and we have to be careful about any kind of violence,” Legault said in Quebec City on Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more