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UPDATE: Wisconsin man arrested for Schoolcraft County Courthouse damages

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Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 7:07 AM EDT
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UPDATE: Friday, June 26, 1:13 p.m.

A Wisconsin man has been arrested in relation to destruction of property that resulted in the closing of the Schoolcraft County Courthouse on Wednesday.

According to a press release sent out by the Manistique Department of Public Safety, 38-year-old Jason Paul Arnold of Exeland, Wisconsin, is being charged with Malicious Destruction of Personal Property-$1,000 or more, a felony charge that carries up to five years in prison. He is also being charged with Reckless driving, a misdemeanor offense.

Arnold remains in the custody of the the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department in Hayward, Wisconsin on a "no bond" provision pending an extradition process, which will remand him back to the State of Michigan.

The Manistique Department of Public Safety received assistance with this investigation from the Delta County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police, and the Marquette Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation into what happened at the courthouse on Wednesday morning remains ongoing and no further details have been released.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 24, 5:00 p.m.

The Schoolcraft County Courthouse and health department were closed Wednesday because of what's described as an ongoing investigation and situation.

According to the Manistique Department of Public Safety, at 5:00 a.m. June 24, officers were dispatched to the Schoolcraft County Courthouse at 300 Walnut St. for reports of malicious destruction of property.

Upon investigation at the scene, officers determined a vehicle drove onto the courthouse lawn, and drove in circles, causing major damage to the grass. Further investigation revealed the vehicle used was a full size, white Chevrolet Silverado, crew-cab pick-up truck.

The suspect also left a sign at the property, indicating they were upset with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which has offices in the courthouse building.

No damage was done to the courthouse building, but the premises was closed for the day for further investigation and the safety of anyone planned to be there. Normal operations will resume Thursday, June 25.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Manistique Department of Public Safety at 906-341-2133 or 906-341-2134.

No other details are being released at this time.

TV6 & FOX UP will provide any future updates as they become available.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The Schoolcraft County Courthouse and health department are closed Wednesday because of what's described as an ongoing investigation and situation.

No further details are immediately available about what's happening involving the courthouse at 300 Walnut St. in Manistique.

The Schoolcraft County Sheriff's Office says the investigation is in the hands of Manistique Public Safety. That department had no information to release as of 9:30 a.m.

The closure announcement was made at 7:00 a.m. by Schoolcraft County Board Chair Craig Reiter.

The Schoolcraft LMAS District Health Department office inside the courthouse will also be closed Wednesday. If you need to contact the office, call its regular number, 906-341-6951, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and follow the instructions to be forwarded to another LMAS office.

This story will be updated when new information is available about the investigation.

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