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Police responded to a burning bush in Cambridge, but the bush did not speak to them and there was a guy standing next to it with a lighter

Cambridge Police report arresting a man who set a bush on fire in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Avenue early yesterday - and also charged him for a dumpster fire in an alley off Mount Auburn and Athens streets the day before.

According to police, officers responding to a report of a burning bush around 4:30 a.m. found Francis Haugh, 43, of Cambridge, standing next to a smouldering bush with a lighter in his hand. Officers also found "multiple piles of trash that had been burned; one pile was located on top of an electrical outlet."

As firefighters doused the various piles, police took Haugh into custody for both the Mass. Ave. fires and for a fire in a church dumpster off Mount Auburn Street around 8:20 p.m. on Sunday. He was formally charged with four counts of burn personalty, in which the violator is alleged to have placed flammable material next to a building in an attempt to set the material and then the building on fire.

Innocent, etc.



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Turkeys are rampant around there, I'm surprised the TLF let him set fire to one of their favorite haunts without a squawk.

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"It was a Kate Bush and I was just running up that hill."

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Headline got me lollin, good work adamg

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There were similar reports recently in both Central Square and Harvard Square a week or so ago. I wonder if it's the same person.

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April 11, 2022:
Francis Haugh, 43, 240 Albany Street in Cambridge, was placed under arrest at Cambridge Street on warrants issued out of the Roxbury District Court on a charge of Burning Personality and the other out of the Cambridge District Court charging him with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Class B Substance.

Oct 3, 2021:
Francis Haugh, 42, 240 Albany Street in Cambridge, was charged Possession of a Class B Substance - Crystal Methamphetamine. Officers conducting a drug investigation and found Haugh in possession of a baggy of suspected crystal methamphetamine.

For those who don't know, 240 Albany Street is the BayCove "Wet Shelter" for active alcoholics (and apparently active drug abusers).

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5:04 AM (!!!) 10/06/21 Francis Haugh, arson, 19 Jersey Street

That's the Red Sox Pro Shop


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