MANISTIQUE - Two Manistique area residents have been charged with arson in connection with a house fire in June.
On Wednesday, Manistique Public Safety officers arrested two suspects in connection with the blaze, which occurred on June 12 at 115 N. Fourth St. in Manistique. The fire, reported at 2:15 a.m., destroyed the home and was found to be suspicious in nature by public safety investigators, according to Manistique Public Safety Director Ken Golat. Investigation resulted in officers arresting Karen Anne MacDonald, 36, and Christopher Krummich, 18, both residents of the Manistique area.
MacDonald was the owner of the burned home and she was charged with two criminal counts - arson of an insured dwelling; a felony carrying the penalty of life in prison or any term of years and/or $20,000 or three times the value of the property damaged or destroyed, whichever is greater. She is also charged with conspiracy to commit arson of an insured dwelling. The charge is a felony carrying a penalty of life in prison or any terms of years and/or $20,000 with an additional $10,000 fine or three times the value of the property damaged or destroyed, whichever is greater and a $10,000 additional fine.
Krummich was also charged with two criminal counts - arson of an insured dwelling and conspiracy to commit arson of an insured dwelling. Both charges are identical to those of MacDonald and carry the same penalties.
MacDonald and Krummich were formally charged with the offenses by Schoolcraft County Prosecutor Tim Noble. They were arraigned before the 93rd District Court Thursday. Bond was set by Judge Mark Luoma at $250,000 cash or surety for both suspects. A preliminary hearing in the 93rd District Court was set for MacDonald and Krummich on July 16 at 1 p.m.
No further information is not being released at this time, Golat said.