Hearings waived in arson case
CRYSTAL FALLS — Two Crystal Falls residents accused of setting fire to a Fortune Lake cabin are set for pre-trial conferences March 12 in Iron County Trial Court after waiving their preliminary examinations Monday and entering not guilty pleas at the circuit court level.
Both 25-year-old Rachael Joy Kirschner and 22-year-old Troy Daniel Evert Jr. face second degree arson, a 20-year felony; conspiracy to commit second degree arson, a 20-year felony; and lying to a peace officer, a two-year high court misdemeanor.
Kirschner is free on bond while Evert remains in custody at the Iron County Jail.
Judge C. Joseph Schwedler agreed to amend Kirschner’s bond to allow her to travel out of state for a medical appointment and to grant her phone contact with Evert only to discuss her pregnancy. He reminded both Kirschner and Evert that all jail phone calls are recorded.
Iron County deputy sheriffs were called Oct. 7 to a cabin engulfed in flames that eventually burned to the ground and was ruled a total loss, according to the initial press release.
A victim in an unrelated Niagara, Wis., knife assault case told police in December he used to date Kirschner and remained in contact with her after they broke up.
He claimed Kirschner told him Oct. 7 that she and Evert had run into another of her ex-boyfriends, who called her a “whore,” according to the assault complaint. Kirschner and Evert then went out to the ex-boyfriend’s vacant cabin, where Evert reportedly poured gasoline on a cot in the main room and Kirschner then tossed a firecracker on it, the complaint stated.
Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or firstname.lastname@example.org.