Pair arrested in arson case

CRYSTAL FALLS—Two Crystal Falls residents have been arrested for arson in connection with an Oct. 7, 2017, incident in which a cabin on Fortune Lake burned to the ground.
    Troy Daniel Evert Jr., 22, and Rachael Joy Kirschner, 25, were arraigned Jan. 31 on second degree arson charges and conspiracy to commit second degree arson.
    Both are felony charges with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
    Evert and Kirschner also were charged with lying to a peace officer, a two-year high court misdemeanor.
    According to a press release from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, the cabin was engulfed in flames when deputies arrived and was a total loss.
    After an approximately three-month investigation into the suspicious structure fire, deputies arrested the two subjects believed to be responsible for starting the blaze.
    Evert and Kirschner pleaded not guilty. Evert is currently being held in the Iron County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bond, while Kirschner posted bond.
    Deputies were assisted in the investigation by the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, the Niagara Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Crystal Falls Fire Department and Iron County Central Dispatch.
    A probable cause conference has been scheduled for Feb. 12 with a preliminary examination set for Feb. 20