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Warrant issued for burning bed suspect

A warrant was issued this morning for a man accused of burning the bed where his girlfriend slept following an argument. Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek issued the warrant, and ordered $500 cash bail be forfeited after James Leo ...

A warrant was issued this morning for a man accused of burning the bed where his girlfriend slept following an argument.

Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek issued the warrant, and ordered $500 cash bail be forfeited after James Leo Olson, 50, failed to appear 20 minutes after a preliminary hearing was scheduled to start.

The session had been continued after Lynn Bergson, the alleged victim, was unable to appear in court June 27. Bergson was slated to testify today.

Bergson had been sleeping around 3 a.m. June 11 when she allegedly woke to the defendant stating he lit the bed on fire. The end of the bed was burning. She got up to get water to throw on the flames.

Bergson was prepared to testify this morning when Olson failed to appear in court.

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Public Defender Fritz Anderson said he had received a voicemail Friday from Olson stating Olson would see him today. He had no explanation for his client's failure to appear.

District Attorney Dan Blank said he would be willing to wait until noon to issue the warrant but Glonek, who had a full calendar with hearings every 10 to 30 minutes this morning, ordered it to be issued.

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