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Man faces felony charges for arson spree PDF Print E-mail
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:26

Wauwatosa resident accused of setting string of fires in downtown Port

    A 23-year-old Wauwatosa man was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday with setting a string of fires in downtown Port Washington early Sunday morning.

    Matthew Gleissner is charged with one felony count of arson of a building for damaging the Ozaukee County Administration Center, four felony counts of arson to property other than a building — a trailered boat and three cars — and one misdemeanor count of attempted arson to property other than a building.

    Gleissner made his initial court appearance Tuesday before Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland.

    Gleissner remains in the Ozaukee County jail, authorities said. Bail was set at $40,000 by Voiland.

    Port Washington Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said that, although damage from the fires was limited to buildings, there was a great potential for serious injury.

    One of the early-morning fires was in a dumpster behind Pasta Shoppe, which has residences on its upper floors, Hingiss said. If the building had caught fire, he said, “we could have been looking at homicide.”   

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:50
 
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