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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Topless Coffee Shop Fire

Associated Press

July 28, 2010

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 49-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of arson for allegedly setting fire to a topless coffee shop in central Maine.

Raymond Bellavance Jr., of Augusta, entered his pleas Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Bellavance is accused of setting fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro in the early morning hours of June 3, 2009. Prosecutors say he set the fire because he was angry at his ex-girlfriend, who worked at the shop and allegedly had a relationship with the owner.

Bellavance is being held on $200,000 cash bail.

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