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Man arrested following courthouse lockdown

HAYWARD, WIS. — A man who allegedly did donuts on the Schoolcraft County Courthouse’s lawn earlier this week and prompted the courthouse to lockdown was arrested in Wisconsin Thursday.

At 5 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, a driver went onto the front lawn of the courthouse and spun their vehicle in circles, crossing over the grass, sidewalk and on-street parking area and encircling a mail dropbox and flagpole. A sign was also left on courthouse property indicating the suspect was upset with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which has offices in the courthouse building. The courthouse remained closed for the rest of the day Wednesday.

Police have also indicated Arnold allegedly spun donuts on Ludington Street near the Delta County Courthouse in Escanaba and removed a privately-owned mailbox in Garden before leaving Michigan.

Officers from Manistique Public Safety responded to the situation at the Schoolcraft County Courthouse Wednesday. Subsequent to their investigation, a felony arrest warrant for malicious destruction of property was obtained for Jason Paul Arnold, 38, of Exeland, Wis. Assistance was requested from the State of Wisconsin, and Arnold was taken into custody at 4:48 p.m. EST Thursday, June 25 by the Sawyer/Washburn Sheriff’s County Special Response Team in Wisconsin. He was charged with a count of malicious destruction of personal property — $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a felony punishable by five years and/or $10,000 or three times the amount of destruction or injury, whichever is greater; and a count of reckless driving, a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days and/or a $500 fine.

As of Friday, Arnold was in the custody of the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department in Hayward, Wis. on a “no bond” provision pending extradition proceedings that will remand him back to the State of Michigan. Investigation into the events of June 24 in the counties of Schoolcraft and Delta continues. No further information was released by police Friday.

Manistique Public Safety has received assistance with its investigation from the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and the Marquette office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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