Man set bathroom on fire after saying he’d blow the place up

A Des Moines man was arrested this week after authorities said he set fire to a bathroom in a business.According to court documents, security cameras caught Joseph Barrese Jr. went into the bathroom of Big Dog Billiards at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 4. Police say he used lighter fluid and a flame to start a fire in the bathroom. The police report states Barrese exited the establishment about three minutes later. Four minutes after he left, staff noticed a haze in the bar. Big Dog Billiards staff then found the fire in a bathroom stall as well as the lighter fluid. “Flames were described as being three to four feet high on the wall moving toward the ceiling,” the police report stated. Barrese was identified by multiple witnesses and employees. “(Barrese) was also heard making comments about ‘blowing the place up’ approximately 20 minutes before the fire was discovered,” the police report stated. Cameras at a Casey’s show him stealing lighter fluid and getting matches. Barrese has been charged with first-degree arson as well as other offenses and is being held at the Polk County Jail.

A Des Moines man was arrested this week after authorities said he set fire to a bathroom in a business.

According to court documents, security cameras caught Joseph Barrese Jr. went into the bathroom of Big Dog Billiards at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 4. Police say he used lighter fluid and a flame to start a fire in the bathroom.

The police report states Barrese exited the establishment about three minutes later. Four minutes after he left, staff noticed a haze in the bar.

Big Dog Billiards staff then found the fire in a bathroom stall as well as the lighter fluid.

“Flames were described as being three to four feet high on the wall moving toward the ceiling,” the police report stated.

Barrese was identified by multiple witnesses and employees.

“(Barrese) was also heard making comments about ‘blowing the place up’ approximately 20 minutes before the fire was discovered,” the police report stated.

Cameras at a Casey’s show him stealing lighter fluid and getting matches.

Barrese has been charged with first-degree arson as well as other offenses and is being held at the Polk County Jail.

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He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He'd 'start a war' to stay in office


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Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen said he believes Trump will “do anything and everything” to win reelection and “even go so far as to start a war” to remain in the White House.

Cohen was asked by NBC News’s Lester Holt in an interview excerpt released Friday whether he thought his former boss will win a second term in November.

“Donald Trump will do anything and everything within which to win. And I believe that includes manipulating the ballots,” Cohen responded.

“I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office,” Cohen continued. “My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020.”

Cohen served as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described fixer for several years.

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His tell-all memoir, titled “Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” is set to be released next week. According to a recently released excerpt, Cohen accuses the president of fraud and corruption in the book.

The White House labeled the book as “fan fiction” in a statement released last month.

“He readily admits to lying routinely but expects people to believe him now so that he can make money from book sales,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said in the statement. “It’s unfortunate that the media is exploiting this sad and desperate man to attack President Trump.”

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2018 and turned on Trump amid his legal ordeal, testifying before Congress and accusing the president of ordering him to make payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

The former Trump lawyer was released to home confinement in May due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic but was suddenly sent back to prison on July 9 due to a dispute with corrections officials over the terms of his release.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen sued for his release from prison last month, arguing that the government was retaliating against him for planning to publish his book.

His lawyer said last month that Cohen has been offered a job at an unspecified political action committee to work as a consultant and to make media appearances.

Cohen is not the only one who has expressed concern about how Trump might handle a potential loss to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Biden said in June that he was “absolutely convinced” the military will have to escort Trump from the White House if the incumbent loses.

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Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office

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Cohen was asked by NBC News’s Lester Holt in an interview excerpt released Friday whether he thought his former boss will win a second term in November.

“Donald Trump will do anything and everything within which to win. And I believe that includes manipulating the ballots,” Cohen responded. 

“I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office,” Cohen continued. “My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020.”

Cohen served as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described fixer for several years.

His tell-all memoir, titled “Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” is set to be released next week. According to a recently released excerpt, Cohen accuses the president of fraud and corruption in the book. 

The White House labeled the book as “fan fiction” in a statement released last month.

“He readily admits to lying routinely but expects people to believe him now so that he can make money from book sales,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said in the statement. “It’s unfortunate that the media is exploiting this sad and desperate man to attack President Trump.”

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2018 and turned on Trump amid his legal ordeal, testifying before Congress and accusing the president of ordering him to make payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

The former Trump lawyer was released to home confinement in May due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic but was suddenly sent back to prison on July 9 due to a dispute with corrections officials over the terms of his release.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen sued for his release from prison last month, arguing that the government was retaliating against him for planning to publish his book. 

His lawyer said last month that Cohen has been offered a job at an unspecified political action committee to

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