Suspect Faces 37 Counts of Arson in LA Fires
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A German man has been charged Wednesday with more than three dozen counts of arson in connection with a rash of fires that terrorized Los Angeles over the New Year's weekend. (Jan. 4)

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[Location - Date:LOS ANGELES][Source:VIDEO SOURCE -- ON SCENE VIDEO ---THEN AP COURT SKETCHES][VO:]THE MAN ACCUSED OF SETTING A RASH OF TERRYIFYING FIRES AROUND LOS-ANGELES JUST DAYS AGO HAS MADE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE IN COURT.HARRY BURKHART -- A 24 YEAR OLD GERMAN NATIONAL --FACES MORE THAN THREE DOZEN COUNTS OF ARSON.HE APPEARED DAZED BEFORE THE JUDGE ON WEDNESAY -- AND HIS MOTHER HAS SAID HE'S MENTALLY ILL.HE IS ALSO UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ARSON IN GERMANY.LAST FALL.BAIL HAS BEEN SET AT A LITTLE LESS THAN THREE MILLION DOLLARS.[Notes:SOT ---STEVE COOLEY -----DISTRICT ATTORNEY]"if he were to make bail....if he were released....get out on bail...or escape...i think he would flee this country...because the consequences are such that he'll be spending a lot of time in state prison if convicted."[Notes:VO --------------------]THE MOTIVE?PROSECUTORS SAY THAT HE HAS ANTI-AMERICAN VIEWS.THAT, PLUS HIS MOTHER IS FACING EXTRADITION TO GERMANY ON FRAUD CHARGES -- AND SHE IS LOCKED UP IN L.A.BUT PROSECUTORS SAY THAT BURKHART STRUCK FEAR INTO THE COMMUNITY AND NEEDS TO PAY A HEAVY PRICE..[Notes:SOT -------------STEVE COOLEY / LA DISTRICT ATTORNEY]"amount of harm he did to the psyche of the citizens of these communities and los angeles county...it merits a life term."[Notes:VO ----------------]NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE FIRES.BUT AUTHORITIES SAY THEY CAUSED AN ESTIMATED THREE MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL SAYS THAT BURKHART HAS BEEN PLACED ON A SUICIDE WATCH.--------------------------THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: NED BARKER---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: DONNA STARDDARD ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:a1376BC-US--Los Angeles Arson, 13th Ld-Writethru,9