An arrest warrant has been issued in Burnett County Circuit Court for Charles Robert Bentley in relation to a criminal complaint charging Bentley with Class C Felony Attempted Arson of a Building and Domestic Abuse Disorderly Conduct.

On November 6, 2017, reported that the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department was attempting to locate Bentley regarding a reported domestic abuse incident from November 5, 2017.

According to the criminal complaint which was filed on November 20, 2017, an anonymous call was received by Burnett County law enforcement reporting that Bentley had started 2 fires in the basement of a residence following a fight with his wife. The complaint goes on to state that the wife’s brother smelled smoke coming from the basement after he heard Bentley leave the residence and went downstairs. He could see 2 heat lamps smoking and he could smell natural gas. He then found a natural gas line which had been loosened, so he reattached that.

When deputies arrived, they observed that paper was attached to the heat lamps and they both appeared charred. A witness from an upstairs apartment reported that she hearing the fighting and woke up to the smell of smoke.

The maximum penalty for the charge of Class C Felony Attempted Arson of a building is imprisonment for not more than 20 years, a maximum fine of $50,000, or both.

Online circuit court records show that a warrant for Charles Bentley’s arrest was filed on November 21, 2017.

Anyone with information about Bentley’s whereabouts can contact the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office at 715-349-2121.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Burnett County Authorities Seeking Grantsburg Man

Monday, November 6, 2017 | DrydenWire

Authorities in Burnett County are attempting to locate a Grantsburg man allegedly involved in an incident on Sunday, November 5, 2017, which is believed to have occurred in or near the unincorporated community of Falun in the Town of Daniels in western Burnett County.

"Deputies are seeking Charles Bentley, 26 of Grantsburg in connection with a reported domestic abuse incident on November 5th," said Burnett County Chief Deputy Scott Burns to DrydenWire.comin an email communication earlier today.

If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Bentley, they are encouraged to contact the Burnett County Sheriff's Office at 715-349-2121.

Chief Deputy Burns said that as this is an active investigation no other information would be released at this time.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017 | DrydenWire

We are very excited to announce that we will be launching BurnettWire on December 4th, 2017.

BurnettWire will be a free news & information website specifically focused on Burnett County. The website is still in production but our Facebook page has officially launched and our Twitter page is coming soon.

BurnettWire will be covering breaking news, local stories, information, local government, obituaries, crime stories, school news, human interest stories, and events; all specific to Burnett County. 

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