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Man accused of setting wife’s hair on fire

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Updated: April 10, 2014 6:10AM



A man already on pretrial release for a domestic battery charge is accused of setting his wife’s hair on fire.

The fire went out quickly, leaving behind singed hair but, apparently, no more serious injuries. Seeing the burnt hair and a large bruise on her forehead — reportedly from striking her head on a coffee table as Randy Koss pushed the 55-year-old woman down — convinced their adult son to call 911 when he stopped by the Shorewood Forest couple’s home Sunday to plow snow from their driveway.

Both Koss, 58, and the woman initially said they had been arguing but the fight didn’t turn physical.

With the son’s prompting, according to the police report, the woman said she did not remember everything but she knew Koss poured a drink on her head, “and the next thing she knew, her hair was on fire.” She refused medical care.

Koss was arrested at 10:23 a.m. Sunday for battery with a deadly weapon (fire), a Class C felony; criminal recklessness, a Class D felony; and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

The pre-existing battery charge also stemmed from an incident in which the wife was the victim.



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