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Published December 02 2011

Andvik’s bail set at $25,000 in arson case

MOORHEAD – Bail for 33-year-old Tara Andvik, the Barnesville woman accused of setting fires at her home, was set at $25,000 at her first appearance in Clay County District Court on Friday.

Conditions of the bail set by Judge Michael Kirk also dictate that Andvik must reside with her parents and have no unsupervised contact with her children.

Assistant County Attorney Heidi Davies argued at the hearing for Andvik’s bail to be set substantially higher at $75,000, citing concerns about Andvik being a flight risk and remaining law-abiding.

Steven Mottinger, Andvik’s lawyer, argued for a lower amount of bail because Andvik cooperated with law authorities by turning herself in, has no criminal history and has long-standing ties to the community, he said.

Andvik faces three counts of first-degree arson for fires allegedly set on her property in rural Barnesville in October. Each arson charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Andvik’s next court appearance is set for Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.