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Accused arsonist not competent, judge rules

5:58 PM, Apr. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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A Green Bay man accused of setting a cash register on fire at a store has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

James Parrish, 53, of Green Bay was charged with arson as a hate crime, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and carrying a concealed weapon. The charges stem from a March fire he allegedly set at Dollar Land, 1020 N. Irwin Ave.

Brown County Judge William Atkinson ordered that Parrish remain in the custody of the state Department of Health and Family Services for up to a year

Parrish is accused of walking into the store March 5, emptying a medicine bottle filled with gasoline onto the cash register and igniting it while telling the store clerk, "I'm going to burn this place down. You better get out of here."

The fire burned itself out after causing minor damage.

Parrish, who was found to be carrying a knife concealed in his boot, told police he worked for the United States National Security of America and that he "cooked the register" at the store as an effort to drive the owners out of the state, the complaint says.

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