California fire chief arrested in stabbing death

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Updated: 5/16 2:06 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former California fire battalion chief who eluded authorities for more than two weeks has been arrested in the stabbing death of his girlfriend.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said in a statement Friday that Orville "Moe" Fleming was in custody. She provided no additional information.

Fleming had been wanted since the body of 26-year-old Sarah June Douglas was found May 1 inside the south Sacramento home they had shared for the past two years.

Authorities say Fleming, who is 55, had considerable outdoor skills, was familiar with California's mountains because of his career as a wildland firefighter, and had keys to state fire facilities throughout the state.

He was fired from his job after not showing up for a week.

 

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