Colorado man: Vegas solar site fire was clean energy message

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Colorado dentist accused of setting a car ablaze at a solar power array outside Las Vegas last week told investigators he wanted to send a message supporting clean energy. A police report obtained Wednesday says Mohammed Reza Mesmarian denied his intention was sabotage. He told police the early Jan. 4 fire “represented moving forward in the world.” The solar farm provides electricity to several Las Vegas Strip properties, but a casino official said the fire had no effect. Mesmarian remains jailed pending mental health evaluations and a Feb. 1 court date. Mesmarian lives in Aurora, Colorado, where records show he faced state dental board discipline on his practice. He filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy last October.