Accused Frisco Historic Park arsonist has bond reduced
Alleged Frisco Historic Park burglar and arsonist Tony Bana was granted a bond reduction and waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in relation to the historic park charges, along with a few others. Bana was in court to face theft, burglary and arson charges stemming from a June 19 incident at the Frisco Historic Park that left a historic cabin charred and numerous artifacts missing. Bana is charged with two felony counts in the fourth degree, along with a misdemeanor in the second degree, respectively. He also faces a separate June 19 misdemeanor theft charge (under $500) and another felony four theft charge of between $1,000 to $20,000; Bana is accused of stealing items from a friend on June 16, which were given to his then-girlfriend and pawned. A 2008 illegal weapons possession charge against Bana was also re-opened, due to a failure to comply with a probation request. Bana waived his right to a preliminary hearing based upon an offer extended by the district attorney’s office, the full details of which are still private due to pending negotiations, according to deputy district attorney Kristine Word. His bond was reduced from $17,500 to $4,500. Bana’s attorney, public defender Dana Christiansen told Summit County Court Judge Edward Casias that Bana requested the bond reduction because he can’t sleep in jail, among “other issues,” none of which have been resolved. He has served close to 60 days in jail. “If Mr. Bana is out he’s able to address those issues more easily,” Christiansen said. If released, Bana would reside with his mother in Avon, and has work available. He is a certified plumber who has worked in both Summit County and the Front Range.Word argued Bana posed a flight risk since he faces more than $100,000 of restitution in the historic park case. She also said Bana was abusing drugs at the time of the June incidents, and in the past, has been charged with domestic violence, criminal mischief and weapons possession. Bana’s bond was reduced with the conditions he stay in the state, report daily to behavioral intervention and be subjected to random breathalyzers and urine tests. He is due back in district court Oct. 3 regarding the felony charges. The misdemeanor charges will be heard Sept. 27 in county court.
The Ruth House fire started the morning of June 19 at the 120-year-old cabin, part of Frisco’s historic park.Firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District were able to extinguish the fire fairly quickly, confining damage to the interior and roof of the building, but saving the frame of the house and nearby historic structures. The subsequent investigation revealed valuable artifacts inside the scorched building had been stolen, and authorities began to suspect arson.Some items from the theft – which included high-end vintage furs, jewelry and other artifacts – were later recovered.
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