A Ladysmith man was arrested in connection to several recent fires to citizens’ property, including four vehicles and a garage.
On May 27 at approximately 9:19 p.m. two Ladysmith police officers responded to a Ladysmith residence for a garage fire. According to a probable cause statement, the property owner’s daughter believed the fire to have been intentionally started by her ex-boyfriend, Danny D. Jackson, 59.
Following the fire, the Ladysmith Fire Department determined the cause to be undetermined.
On June 1 at approximately 11:25 p.m. a Ladysmith police officer responded to a Ladysmith residence on a report that two vehicles were on fire in the caller’s driveway. The probable cause statement alleges the caller could see a line of fire on the ground leading between the vehicles that were parked 8-9 feet from each other.
Firefighters later showed the officers where it appeared a fire accelerant have been poured on different parts of the vehicles. It appeared an accelerant had been poured between the seams of the front fender and the hood and the back fender and the trunk of one vehicle. On the second vehicle, it appeared an accelerant had been poured on the lower windshield on the passenger side.
The paint on both vehicle appeared to be burnt only where the accelerant have been poured, according to the probable cause statement. Officers and firefighters noticed the odor of gasoline could be smelled near the vehicle parked closest to the garage.
The caller, a friend of Jackson’s ex-girlfriend, allegedly had recently called the police to report Jackson had been harassing her.
After the vehicle fires were extinguished, officers went to Jackson’s residence and were told he had been home all day. When the officers mentioned they could feel warmth near Jackson’s engine on his vehicle, Jackson told the officers in a vulgar manner to leave or arrest him.
On June 2 at approximately 9:15 p.m. Ladysmith police officers were dispatched to the Ladysmith residence where the vehicle fires occurred the day prior, on a report Jackson had been driving by the residence squealing his tires. The family told the officers they were afraid of Jackson.
While speaking with the family, Rusk County Dispatch received a call advising two vehicles were on fire at the family’s residence.
According to the probable cause statement, Ladysmith Fire Department responded and extinguished the vehicle fires. The firefighters again noticed it appeared that an accelerant had been poured on the vehicles. The fire appeared similar to the vehicle fires from the previous day.
Officers responded to Jackson’s residence and noticed his vehicle was allegedly parked two houses north of his Ladysmith residence. Officers spoke with two of his neighbors, one told officers that he notice Jackson had driven at a high rate of speed, parking in a driveway two houses down the block. The neighbor reported that he did not see Jackson walk to his home and felt that Jacked could have walked through the backyard.
While speaking with another neighbor, officers noticed a red gas can in her backyard. When she returned home at 7:30 p.m. the can had not been there, according to the probable cause statement.
As the officers attempted to make contact with Jackson they saw Jackson’s vehicle pull out of the driveway without headlights and then pull into his own driveway. Contact was made with Jackson who allegedly displayed extremely belligerent and vulgar behavior toward the officers.
Jackson was arrested for OWI third offense and transported to Marshfield Medical Center – Ladysmith for a blood draw. While transporting Jackson, the officer could smell gasoline coming from Jackson.
In an interview with a female who watches Jackson’s children, officers learned Jackson would leave the house for a short time. On June 1 he left the home at 11 p.m. and on June 2 left the home at 9:30 p.m. On June 2, he returned to his home and told the female “I torched it good.”
Charges have not been formally filed against Jackson in Rusk county Circuit Court; however the probable cause statement shows Jackson could possibly be facing charges of disorderly conduct, OWI third offense and arson of property other than a building.
On June 4 the court set a $2,500 signature bond for Jackson and ordered him to not have contact with those allegedly affected by his actions. At this time no time for an initial appearance hearing has been set.