Man Arrested for Trying to Set Fire at Blue Note

6 years 11 months 3 days ago Wednesday, November 17 2010 Nov 17, 2010 Wednesday, November 17, 2010 5:15:11 PM CST November 17, 2010 in News
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COLUMBIA - Police arrested Brendan Orschlen Tuesday for trying to set the bathroom of The Blue Note on fire using toilet paper and a cigarette. Those at The Blue Note said the man was fed up with no-smoking laws. Witnesses said Orschlen wanted to smoke in the upstairs bar of The Blue Note on November 15 and was told he couldn't smoke inside. Richard King, The Blue Note's owner, said the man tried at least two times to set the bathroom on fire before security ran Orschlen out of the bathroom.

"Afterwards ,I guess he took the cigarette into the bathroom and still being upset decided to light a roll of toilet paper on fire and put it on the floor," explained Russell Perkins, who was attending the concert during the time.

King said no damage was caused to the bathroom but he still takes the incident seriously.

Orschlen remained in the Boone County Jail the day after the incident on a $250,000 bond.

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