Evart teen charged with arson, B&E

EVART — An Evart teenager has been charged with arson and breaking and entering after allegedly setting fire to a building owned by the City of Evart.

Lucas Schuholz, 18, was arrested on Saturday within two hours of police receiving the initial report of the fire.

The fire was reported around 7:55 p.m. on Saturday. First responders arrived minutes later and found the storage unit fully engulfed in flames. By-standers told police they saw a man running from the burning building and gave police a description of his clothing. Citizens later called police to say they knew where Schuholz was located. He was arrested by the Evart Police Department within two hours of the fire being reported.

“There were some community members who were good witnesses and relayed information they saw that raised some red flags for them,” said Evart Deputy Chief of Police Kendra Backing. “It was a good community effort from our citizens for being good observers.”

The building, located on 6 Mile Road near the intersection of U.S. 10, is a house owned by the City of Evart. Sitting near the Pere Marquette Trail, the house is used to store the city’s recreation equipment, including the equipment used by the Pop Warner football program.

The building and the equipment inside are considered to be a total loss, Backing said, but no one was injured in the fire.

The case continues to be investigated by the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit and the Evart Police and Fire Departments. They were assisted at the scene on Saturday by the Hersey Fire Department, Reed City Fire Department, Garfield Township Fire Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and Osceola County Emergency Medical Services.