Park Falls Man, 22, Facing Arson Charge

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Charges have now been filed against a Park Falls man after investigators say he's responsible for intentionally burning down a billboard this summer.

On July 26, dispatch received the report of a trailer or sign that was on fire on State Highway 182 near East Road in the Town of Eisenstein, which is near Park Falls. When officers arrived the billboard was engulfed. The billboard was an advertisement for Flambeau Resort & Sportsman's Lounge.

Investigators says tire tracks and witness statements led them to the suspect, Matthew Hilgart, 22.

Hilgart is expected to be formally charged with arson on Nov. 19. He's free on a $1,500 signature bond.


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