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Atascadero man charged with arson pleads not guilty

Posted at 10:39 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 01:50:42-04

Former Atascadero mayoral candidate Charles Scovell plead not guilty in court Wednesday.

Scovell is facing charges of arson, evading an officer and resisting arrest.

The 40-year-old was taken into custody August 26 following a house fire, high-speed pursuit and hours-long standoff in Atascadero.

On Tuesday, the judge ordered Scovell to have no contact with his mother.

Scovell's bail is set at $520,000.

He is due back in court next week.

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