Police investigating fires in Wis. reservation

Madison, Wisconsin (AP) July 2012

Police are investigating a rash of suspicious fires on a northwestern Wisconsin tribal reservation.

Lac Courte Oreilles (lah-COOT’-oh-ray) tribal police issued a statement saying authorities received reports of six fires. The fires damaged a store’s siding, a storage shed, two sweat lodges, tribal pow-wow grounds and a ceremonial ring.

The statement says tribal police contacted the state fire marshal. Tribal police and the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department apprehended a person of interest but the statement offers no further details.

Raylene Wolf, a tribal police office assistant, says the department won’t release any additional information because the investigation is ongoing. A message left at the sheriff’s department wasn’t immediately returned. State Justice Department spokeswoman Dana Brueck referred questions to tribal police.
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