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Green Bay man facing hate crime, recklessly endangering safety charges


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay man accused of trying to burn down Dollar Land, the former Beach Road Liquor store, has been charged with a hate crime.

53-year-old James Parrish is facing charges of arson with a hate crime enhancer, first-degree recklessy endangering safety and carrying a concealed weapon.

On Thursday, a Brown County judge set Parrish's bail at $40,000.

Parrish allegedly went into the North Irwin Avenue store and poured gas on the cash register, then lit it on fire.

According to the criminal complaint, Green Bay police officers were at Parrish's house twice on Tuesday, the same day of the fire. Both calls were for welfare checks.

Authorities say Parrish told them he was going to burn the store's money. He also told police he was a freedom fighter and his job was to round up terrorists and torture them.