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Man accused of arson with railroad ties pleads not guilty

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - A homeless man accused of setting railroad ties on fire last month in La Crosse made his first court appearance today.

Officials argued in court there was enough evidence against Todd Limestahl, 48, to convict him of probable cause of arson. The defense argued there was no evidence linking Limestahl to starting the fire that damaged approximately 250 Canadian Pacific railway ties believed to cost $15,000.

Judge Todd Bjerke agreed with prosecutors, saying witness and police testimony linking Limestahl to the fire is sufficient for probable cause right now. He said the actual trial, set to being on August 7, will be much more difficult to prove.

If convicted, Limestahl is subject to a fine of up to $10,000 and more than three years in prison.

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