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Juneau fisherman charged with fire-bombing storefront that couldn't fix his boat #WTF

Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
James Lee Jespersen charged for allegedly setting business ablaze

Posted: June 1, 2012 - 12:08am


Business owner Brick Lobaugh says he helps boaters in emergency situations every day from his marine navigation electronics storefront at the Don D. Statter Harbor Facilities overlooking Auke Bay.

So it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary when a boat operator, who was later identified as James Lee Jespersen, asked Lobaugh for help when his fishing vessel, the “Silver Surf,” wouldn’t start.

What was out of the ordinary, however, was when Jespersen apparently became upset that Lobaugh couldn’t fix his starter and alternator and allegedly fire-bombed Lobaugh’s storefront.

Police said they arrested Jespersen Wednesday evening on suspicion of setting Brick’s Marine Electronics on fire. He was charged with one....