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Man’s bail set at $100K in bogus bear report

Updated Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | 6:04 a.m.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who told police he urged his girlfriend to jump off a cliff in a drug-induced haze because of an imagined bear attack is being held for lack of $100,000 bail on charges including attempted murder and arson.

Lucas Gingras pleaded not guilty and had been held without bail since June 25. A judge changed bail conditions Monday.

Authorities said Gingras had taken MDMA and used the same drug to spike his girlfriend's drink at a cabin in Milton, where he initially told investigators the couple had been attacked by a bear. Gingras said he believed he heard something trying to get into the cabin and set it on fire before the couple fled to the cliff where he urged her to jump.

She was hospitalized with a broken back and punctured lung.