Rusk County man charged with arson in connection with Woodruff fire
Clark Krueger being held on $15,000 cash bond
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
A Weyerhaeuser man has been accused of setting on fire a house he was renting in Woodruff. Clark C.L. Krueger, 38, was charged May 16 with arson, a class C felony and resisting or obstructing an officer in connection with the March 22 fire.
According to the criminal complaint, Woodruff police officer Timothy Cerny was dispatched to a structure on Mid-Lake Road at 1:33 a.m., and when Cerny arrived the house was fully engulfed. Cerny noted that earlier in the evening he had contact with Krueger at the residence while he was loading his belongings into a truck and trailer, asking him to dim his lights.
On Monday this week, Woodruff police reportedly spoke with a relative of Krueger’s wife about information he had about the structure fire, and that Krueger was allegedly “bragging” about starting the fire and told numerous people. The next day, Krueger’s wife was interviewed at the Woodruff Police Department, and according to the report, told officers that her husband admitted to starting the fire. Rice Lake police assisted in arresting him.
Krueger’s next court appearance is May 21. A class C felony carries maximum imprisonment of 40 years and a $100,000 fine. He is being held on a $15,000 cash bond.