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.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.