2018-06-07 / Front Page

Man charged following alleged arson

Renter of damaged house arrested on outstanding drug felony warrant
By Ben Muir

BAD AXE - Police have arraigned a man who allegedly set fire to a house in Bad Axe over Memorial Day weekend. Another man who was inside the house at the time of the blaze was arrested soon after on an outstanding drug felony warrant. And most recently, a second person of interest in the alleged arson has contacted authorities.

David Rothe, the Bad Axe Police Department’s chief, said that Huron County Dispatch received a call on Sunday, May 27, around 3 p.m. from William Doyle, who said the house he rents had sustained fire damage. Police discovered minimal damage on the cement foundation of the house, along with its siding and a roughly five-foot patch of grass, Rothe said.

Rothe added that Doyle had surveillance cameras around the perimeter of the house, which police used in identifying suspects who allegedly started the fire in the early morning on Sunday. Doyle’s wife and three children had been sleeping in the house at the time, Rothe said.

Nathan Horiski, who police say they identified from surveillance footage, was arrested and charged with arson, preparation to burn property worth more than $1,000 but less than $20,000. Horiski remained in jail as of Monday, June 4 with a $10,000 cash bail following arraignment. The next hearing in his case was scheduled later in the week.

A second arson suspect contacted police days later, Rothe said. He or she is not being identified by the police as the investigation is ongoing. The police department is planning to schedule a time for the second suspect to meet with officers, Rothe said. He declined to comment on the suspects’ alleged motive in the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

About two days after the fire, Doyle was arrested when it was revealed that the Huron County Sheriff’s Office had a warrant out for his arrest. Doyle was charged with the delivery of less than 50 grams of Percocet following an investigation by the police department and sheriff’s office. He was arraigned on Monday, June 4 and released on personal recognizance bond of $5,000.

The next hearing in his case is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, according to Tim Rutkowski, the Huron County prosecuting attorney.

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