MONDAY 7/6/2020 2:54 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – A North Fond du Lac man is facing numerous charges in connection with multiple suspicious fires stretching back to 2019.
According to the criminal complaint obtained by WFRV Local 5, 43-year-old Michael Miller has been charged with:
- 5 counts of possession of child pornography
- 1 count of arson of property other than a building
- 11 counts of arson of a building
- 3 counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety
- 4 counts of felony criminal damage to property
- 3 counts of burglary of a building or dwelling
Court records show Miller was developed as a suspect in connection with multiple suspicious fire investigations within Fond du Lac. He ultimately admitted to starting nine fires from September 2019 through April 2020.
When investigators examined Miller’s cellphone in connection with the investigation, authorities say they found “thousands of images of pornography.”
Fires that Miller is accused of starting include:
- December 14 fire in vacant home
- February 17 storage unit fire
- March 20 house fire in Friendship
- Duplex fire on March 19
According to the criminal complaint, Miller admitted to using numerous articles of clothing to start some of the fires.
Officials tell WFRV Local 5 that Miller was found competent to stand trial in Fond du Lac County Court. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 10.
Original Story: North Fond du Lac man arrested in connection with numerous suspicious fires
FRIDAY 4/17/2020 8:21 a.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – A 43-year-old North Fond du Lac man has been arrested on charges relating to numerous suspicious fires in the Fond du Lac area.
According to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, the man is currently being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail while reports are finalized and charges are referred to the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities say they believe the man acted alone and no other suspects are currently being sought.
Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt said, “Arson is a serious crime that can jeopardize the lives of residents and puts the safety of firefighters and other first responders in danger as they work these scenes. Sheriff’s investigators worked tirelessly alongside members of the Fond du Lac Police Department, North Fond du Lac Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice State Fire Marshal’s Office, Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue, and the North Fond du Lac Fire Department to identify and pursue this suspect. Our community can be proud of the collaborative efforts of state, county, and local law enforcement agencies and local fire departments working together to apprehend this individual. We also want to thank everyone who shared our original media release and provided tips and other information to assist this team in their investigation.”
No further information is available at this time.