ARREST IN ARSON CASE: Tuolumne County sheriff's investigators arrested a 36-year-old Columbia man suspected of trying to burn down his boss's home and vehicles, Lt. Dan Bressler said. Bill Meissner, owner of the '49er RV Park, went outside about 10 p.m. Jan. 31 to get firewood and noticed the wood pile was on fire, Bressler said. Meissner put out the fire and went inside. The next morning, he saw that gasoline had been splashed around his trailer and on his vehicles, but it had not ignited. Investigators from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Sheriff's Department arrived and determined that the fire was arson. They said their investigation led them to Benjamin Beck, who worked for Meissner and lived in the trailer park. Saturday morning, detectives and fire investigators served a search warrant at Beck's home, where they found evidence linking him to the arson, Bressler said. Beck was arrested on suspicion of arson and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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