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BURNETT COUNTY -- Criminal charges have been filed against Kolt Marlow, of Siren, WI, after he allegedly interfered with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish a fire on Leghorn Drive in Burnett County, WI.
On May 24, 2022, a large fire was observed in the Town of Siren, in Burnett County, WI, and reported to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office. According to a criminal complaint filed in Burnett County Circuit Court, the fire danger was high that day. A large group of people were gathered at the fire and were allegedly blocking authorities from gaining access to the fire.
A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fire truck responded to the fire but an individual, later identified as Kolt Marlow, stood in the way of the fire truck, blocking access to the fire. Law enforcement was also on the scene and advised Marlow that he was under arrest. Marlow resisted the efforts of law enforcement to take him into custody. An Officer advised Marlow that he would be tased if he did not cooperate.
Members of the group of people gathered at the fire began shouting at law enforcement that they were not going to arrest Marlow. A taser was deployed at Marlow, however, due to the number of people gathered around, officers were not able to get to Marlow. The taser probes were removed from Marlow by one of the other people at the fire, according to the criminal complaint filed against him. Marlow was ultimately taken into custody.
The criminal complaint goes on to state that officers could hear explosions coming from the fire, and that it appeared to be some type of structure that was burning. DNR Wardens advised law enforcement that the fire was illegal.
Marlow was transported to the Burnett County Jail, where he continued to be uncooperative and resist law enforcement, fighting, and yelling. Marlow stated he is a “constitutionalist and has law degrees in Wisconsin and two other states,” and that “he will have [officer's] pension“. Marlow initially would not supply a preliminary breath sample, but the criminal complaint goes on to state that he ultimately did, and the results of that test showed that Marlow’s breath alcohol concentration was .161.
Charges of Class I Felony Interference with Fire Fighting-Alarms/Firefighters and Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer were filed against Marlow. Online circuit court records show that Marlow appeared most recently on June 22, 2022, and he is scheduled to appear again in August 2022.
At the time of this post, no details are listed in online court records regarding any bail bond conditions for Marlow, and the criminal complaint filed against him does not state if any charges are filed against any other people who were also gathered at the fire.
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