Sunday, May 3, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Accused pastor proclaims innocence in arson case

By
From page A9 | January 15, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville pastor arrested on suspicion of firebombing his ex-girlfriend’s house with six people inside said he had nothing to do with the attack.

Meanwhile a hearing scheduled Tuesday to review a restraining order the ex-girlfriend filed against the pastor was delayed until next week.

The three other suspects arrested in the case have falsely accused him of being involved, Mark Lewis, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville, told KCRA-TV over the weekend.

“They caught the people who did that,” the pastor said. “They were just trying to point the finger at me. That’s normal. That’s normal. It’ll come out and be cleared up.”

Lewis, 39, was arrested on suspicion of arson of an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy and stalking on Friday, a day after a Molotov cocktail was thrown through his ex-girlfriend’s window. He was released after posting $500,000 bail. Prosecutors had not filed charges against Lewis.

No one was hurt during the firebombing, although police said six people, including three children, were sleeping in the home at the time.

Lewis’ ex-girlfriend, Sarah Nottingham, told KCRA that she and Lewis dated for a year.

“He told me he wasn’t ready for it to be over, basically threatened me that he had nothing to lose and that he would stop at nothing,” Nottingham said.

Lewis has been named as a suspect in four other cases of harassment and vandalism against Nottingham, including a fire in bushes in front of her home, according to police. She had taken out a restraining order against him.

Nottingham was in court briefly Tuesday for a hearing on whether the restraining order against Lewis should be made permanent. Lewis did not attend the hearing, prompting Judge Garry T. Ichikawa to reschedule the hearing for Jan. 22.

Three other people – Anthony Newbolt, 33, and Richerd Wright, 28, both of Sacramento, and Kristen Broyles, 30, of Citrus Heights – have been charged in the case. They pleaded not guilty on Monday to felony charges of arson of an inhabited structure and possession of an incendiary device. All three were ordered back to court for a Jan. 27 probable cause hearing and were in jail with bail ranging between $155,000 and $290,000.

Police said a patrol officer responding to the firebombing early Thursday morning spotted a rental car in the area with the three suspects inside. Newbolt and Broyles allegedly told investigators they were homeless and had been staying at the church.

A subsequent search of Lewis’ home at the church turned up an illegal handgun, suspected methamphetamine and evidence linking Lewis to the firebombing, police said.

Newbolt told KCRA in a jailhouse interview on Monday evening that Lewis had asked for a Molotov cocktail to be thrown at the home. Broyles said Lewis convinced the three suspects that he was being harassed.

Wright declined an interview request, KCRA reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 7 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • The MisterJanuary 15, 2014 - 6:39 am

    Sounds like the plot of a TV movie.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rita GoldenJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:53 am

    Sounds to me like Mr. Pastor went to the dark side. No doubt, the truth will come out. You cannot hide behind God and lie. It just doesn't work like that. Did he date this woman before his wife died, or after? Just a thought. Hmmmmm

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    The "dark side" Rita?Eddie and the Cruisers? Star Wars what?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rita GoldenJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    CD Brooks, don't "play stupid". You know very well what I meant by the "dark side". Enough said.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    Sorry Rita, but I'm not the st*pid one here.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rita GoldenJanuary 15, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    hahahahaha!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • What I want to know is....January 15, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Did Mr. Lewis have any contact with the military, prior military? Also the last guy in the series of pictures on the right was he prior military....I had some slight contact with this Church and immediately I thought MK-Ultra, and did not attend again......He had some contacts because there was an AF Color Guard there....I am so not joking THEY infiltrate everything now....Protestant, Catholic, Jewish....Will Jesus find any faith on Earth when he returns...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Fairfield industrial sector remains hot

By Brian Miller and Karl Dumas | From Page: C1

 
Solano County to add War on Terror names to memorial

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
3rd-graders study nature at Fairfield park

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Pros have tough time with financial news

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: C1

Smoke-free policy back before Board of Supervisors

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1

 
Colliers releases Solano-Napa commercial real estate report

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: C1 | Gallery

Calico’s legacy lives on to this day

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

 
I’m asking for your forgiveness

By Steve Kiefer | From Page: D2, 2 Comments

 
Library continues spring book sale

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Vacaville library plans Cinco de Mayo event

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Knitters group about to start in Vacaville

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Sacramento rally to support child advocacy

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
 
Snow Mountain hike set on Mother’s Day

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Airmen from Vacaville finish basic training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: C4

 
Band festival brings sweet music to downtown Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
CASA of Solano seeks volunteers

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A13

 
Public hearing set before Mental Health Advisory Board

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A13

.

US / World

Britain says hello to newest princess

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
‘Be Kind to Animals’ celebrates 100 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: D6, 1 Comment

 
NYPD officer in critical condition after shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Damage soars as Oakland demonstrations turn violent

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9, 4 Comments

 
Drop out thinks he can get you a tech industry job

By Bloomberg News | From Page: A9

Japanese PM sees ‘alliance of hope’ with US

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Plans are at odds over fate of medical marijuana

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

‘Huggy’ returns to Capitol after 12-year hiatus

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Sea Lion found wandering the streets of SF

By Bloomberg News | From Page: A11

Planned march turns into ‘victory rally’ in Baltimore

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Portman doing balancing act with re-election, trade

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

Need for cybersecurity experts met by trend in cyber camps

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Lincoln’s hometown re-enact his funeral

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

ISIS kills 25 captive Yazidis in Iraq

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Pope Francis set to name Serra a saint in DC ceremony

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

.

Living

Today in history: Sunday, May 3, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
US colleges bringing in chaplains to serve the nonbelievers

By The Associated Press | From Page: D2Comments are off for this post | Gallery

Community Calendar: May 3, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Love Your Lines: stretch marks go viral in support of women

By The Associated Press | From Page: D4

My 67-year-old husband won’t stop viewing porn on his computer

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: D4

 
Crabapples come in many varieties (some aren’t even crabby)

By The Associated Press | From Page: D4 | Gallery

Horoscope: May 3, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: D4

 
.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: D3

 
T. Coraghessan Boyle wins $30,000 for short story writing

By The Associated Press | From Page: D3

On his list: John Oates of Hall & Oates has book deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: D3

 
Illness memoir ‘The Iceberg’ wins Wellcome Book Prize

By The Associated Press | From Page: D3

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: C5

 
.

Sports

Mayweather wins unanimous decision over Pacquiao

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders head to Travis AFB for Day 3 of NFL Draft

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Favorite American Pharoah rallies to win Kentucky Derby

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Grizzlies, Warriors ready to meet in conference semifinals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

49ers fortify offense on third day of draft

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Murray wins twice for BMW Open final against Kohlschreiber

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jeff Gordon leads Hendrick in pole-winning run at Talladega

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kreider’s early goal leads Rangers over Capitals in Game 2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Thompson ricochets to share of LPGA Tour lead with Park

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Joey Logano uses big block on last lap to win Xfinity race

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Raiders fill more holes on final day of draft

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Odor’s RBI single in 10th lifts Rangers past A’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Michael Allen leads Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Posey, Crawford homer in Giants’ 5-4 win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Paul lifts Clippers past Spurs, 111-109 in Game 7

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

McIlroy in a fight with Casey until darkness gets in the way

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

Starbucks breakdown shows how registers have evolved

By The Associated Press | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
Offshore wind energy sector off to slow start in US

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Recalls this week: Kaleidoscope toys, batteries

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
A chip off the old Croc: The return of the ugly shoe

By Bloomberg News | From Page: C3 | Gallery

US seeks to compensate victims of Sudan, Iran and Cuba

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

 
Review: Getting your Apple Watch? Here’s how to use it

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

 
.

Obituaries

Marcello T Gemignani

By Nancy Green | From Page: A13

 
Lois Geraldine Johnston

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A13

Sherman Elwood

By Nancy Green | From Page: A13

 
George Benjamin Kimes Jr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A13

Gerald Mc Devitt

By Nancy Green | From Page: A13

 
Fred L. Kirk

By Nancy Green | From Page: A13

.

Comics

.

Summer Sunsational 2015

Solano County Fair: Something for everyone

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM6

Oldest parade marches to oldest fair in California

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM10

Get ready to get down to the music at Dixon fair

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM13

Cars, cars and more cars

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM18

Farmers markets, produce stands offer regional bounty

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM19

Golf, anyone? Lots to choose from

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM20

More wine! Solano offers much to tease the palate

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM22

Get back to nature across Solano County

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM23

Mondavi Center brings world-class performances to region

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM29

Go behind the scene on Anheuser-Busch brewery tours

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM30

Jelly Belly Candy Co. offers more than just candies

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM31

Try your luck at area casinos

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM37

Fair fun continues during summer in Napa

By Daily Republic | From Page: SUM45