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Former Calif. fire chief arrested in stabbing death of girlfriend

Orville Fleming CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - 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 55-year-old 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 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.

  • Crimesider Staff

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