SAWYER COUNTY -- A suspect has been arrested and charged with Arson of Property Other Than a Building after the Memorial For Sawyer County Deputy Michael Villiard Was Set On Fire, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release

On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jason V. Desecki, 38 of Ladysmith for allegedly setting the June 2nd, 2020 fire to the Memorial of Sawyer County Deputy Michael Villiard. The memorial is located on State Highway 27/70 near the Village of Couderay.

During an investigation into a domestic abuse incident in Rusk County, the Ladysmith Police Department obtained information regarding a possible suspect in the burning of the memorial. As a result of the investigation, they learned that Desecki intentionally set fire to the memorial and was possibly staying at a residence in Sawyer County.

Sawyer County Deputies located Desecki at a residence on John Erickson Ave in the Town of Bass Lake in Sawyer County.

Desecki was arrested and charged with Arson of Property Other Than a Building and is also facing charges in the Rusk County case.

Desecki is currently being held in the Sawyer County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

There are future plans to take the memorial down to restore it to its’ original condition.


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