Belgrade woman denies arson charge


POSTED: 8:21 AM Jul 11 2013
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

 A 37-year-old Belgrade woman has denied setting fire in an apartment from which she was being evicted.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Crystal J. Bachmann pleaded not guilty in District Court on Wednesday to two counts of criminal endangerment and one count of arson. She remains jailed on $50,000 bail.

Charging documents say the owner of the building told investigators Bachmann had previously started a fire in the apartment and he gave her and her boyfriend notice to vacate by July 1.

On June 12, a fire was reported in Bachmann's apartment. A downstairs neighbor told officers Bachmann knocked on her door and told her and her 3-month-old son to get out. No one was injured.

Bachmann told a responding officer he needed to take her in.