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Judge sets preliminary hearing date for Butch's Bar fire case

A Sturgeon Bay man is due back in court on March 31st after a pair of appearances within the last seven days.  Anthony Gonzalez of Sturgeon Bay, appeared in court on Monday after being arrested and jailed last week for his role in the fire that destroyed Butch’s Bar and 20 residential units in the city’s downtown district. The fire killed two people and sent one person to Milwaukee to be treated for burns. Gonzalez’s bond was set for $250,000 after it was learned he allegedly set the building on fire while refilling his lighter on his bed and tried lighting a cigarette in his apartment. His attorney, Aileen Henry, requested the cash bond be reduced to a reasonable amount coupled with a $50,000 signature bond. The state, represented by Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin, argued against the request and Judge D. Todd Ehlers denied, keeping Gonzalez’s bond at $250,000. The preliminary hearing will take place on March 31st at 1:15 p.m.

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