Police: No Motive For Ocean City Man Who Set Fire To Himself, Local Church | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Police: No Motive For Ocean City Man Who Set Fire To Himself, Local Church

Play associated audio

Ocean City officials say the church fire that killed a local pastor and critically injured a female volunteer was caused by a man who set himself on fire and ran into the church. Police concede they may never know why the man did so.

Investigators say they have no idea what caused 56-year-old John Raymond Sterner to set himself on fire and run into the St. Paul's By the Sea Episcopal Church on Nov. 26, but they have ruled that his actions were deliberate and have thus ruled Rev. David Dingwall's death a homicide.

The Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office believes Sterner purchased gasoline shortly before the Nov. 26 fire and used it as an accelerant to spread the fire from himself to the structure.

A female victim in the fire, Dana Truitt, remains in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's burn unit.

Mayor Rick Meehan called the incident that has rocked this small coastal community as tragic and almost unimaginable, but as this community heals, police say they doubt they will ever have a motive.

WAMU 88.5

At-Risk Salvadoran Youth Make Their Orchestral Debut At Kennedy Center

A youth symphonic orchestra and choir from a high-crime community in El Salvador made their American debut Monday with a performance at The Kennedy Center.
NPR

Tyson Foods To Stop Giving Chickens Antibiotics Used By Humans

Antibiotic use is falling out of fashion in the poultry industry. Tyson Foods, the biggest poultry producer in the U.S., says it will stop feeding its birds antibiotics used by humans in two years.
NPR

The Clinton 'H' Is Becoming The Empire State Building of Campaign Logos

The Democratic presidential candidate's campaign logo was snickered at. But it's shown versatility, morphing to include backgrounds of Iowa, New Hampshire and, on Tuesday, to support gay marriage.
NPR

Report: To Aid Combat, Russia Wages Cyberwar Against Ukraine

Cyberwarfare is a hidden world with few documented examples. In a new report, security researchers detail digital attacks against Ukraine's military, and charge the Russian military as the hacker.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.