Kalispell arson suspect back behind bars

November 27, 2018

A man charged for his alleged involvement in an arson that destroyed thousands of dollars of merchandise at a Kalispell business earlier this year and failed to show for his arraignment May 31 in Flathead County District Court has been returned to jail.

Arnold Wayne Deans, 45, of Kalispell, is charged with one felony count of negligent arson, and one misdemeanor count of theft, in relation to his alleged involvement in a fire that occurred at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at Rick Anderson’s Snow Jobs and Dirt Stuff on Center Street.

Deans is set to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

District Court Judge Amy Eddy granted Deputy County Attorney Stacy Boman’s request to issue a bench warrant for his arrest. His bond was set at 50,000 in damage to snowmobiles, four-wheelers and other off-road vehicles parked at the property.

Wardensky interviewed Deans May 10 and Deans said he called another man for a ride so he could get gas for a truck. Deans said he was using his lighter while trying to siphon gas from a snowmobile and the fumes from the gas must have ignited.

Deans is facing a maximum term of 20 years in the Montana State Prison and a 1,500 fine.

Reporter Scott Shindledecker may be reached at 406-758-4441 or sshindledecker@dailyinterlake.com.

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