Angry smoker arrested with sign ablaze

Angry smoker arrested with sign ablaze

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Angry smoker arrested with sign ablaze

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:36 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. - Medford police say a man set a "No Smoking" sign on fire after being told he could not light up inside a nightclub.

William Gary Wahl of Mill City has been charged with reckless burning and disorderly conduct. The Web site for the Jackson County Jail says the 44-year-old remains behind bars on $6,000 bail.

Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau says witnesses told officers that Wahl tried to smoke inside The Office nightclub early Tuesday, but was told he couldn't because of Oregon's new anti-smoking law.

He became argumentative, then went into the club's bathroom and started to smoke. A bouncer went in to stop him and Wahl allegedly responded by holding his lighter to the paper sign.

Budreau says the fire destroyed the sign, but did little other damage.

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