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Minnesota dentist charged with setting the fire to the neighbors boathouse after footprints led to his house

John Michael Haag, police say, has admitted to setting fire to the neighbors boathouse in New Richmond, Wisconsin.
(St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office)

A Minnesota dentist who police say, eventually admitted to arson of the neighbors dilapidated boathouse reportedly “looked as if he were a deer in the headlights” after the researchers indicated that they are on him.

The claim about Creekview Dental CEO John Michael Hague, found in a criminal complaint filed at the St. Croix County Circuit Court, came after police on Feb. 2 traced a few footprints of the charred-out boathouse back to the Hague ‘ s home near Bass Lake in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

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“The tracks curved to the ten metres or so as the suspect was turning around and checking behind him,” a deputy wrote in the complaint, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

The boathouse is said to be in the middle of a dispute between the owner and a local lake association group, which Hague is the treasurer. In the draft minutes of the meeting of June 2018, Hague brought up is the schedule of guidelines as to how “good things must ‘mix'” along the edges of the lake and gave a desire to remove the structure, the newspaper added.

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Wallace Cudd, the boathouse, the owner, told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press that the fall apart of the past couple of years and after working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, it was agreed that he would have until the end of this winter to get rid of the boathouse.

But on Feb. 2, Cudd says he had to wake up around 2:15 hours to extinguish the fire, out of concern that the “spread of trees and other properties” in the area.

Hague initially denied that he started the fire, but later confessed after the police visited his house to obtain information for a warrant, the newspaper says.

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“It was me, I did it, I started the fire,” Hague reportedly said to officers for the handing over of a coat, balaclava, and boots that match the pattern on the footprints leading to his house, among other items, he says that he wore on the night of the fire. Two open gas cans were also found.

New Richmond is near the Wisconsin border with Minnesota. On the website Hague for dental business, located in st paul, Minnesota, says he, “has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people by helping them to smile with confidence.”

Hague now appears March 8 for a preliminary hearing and faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted on an arson charge.

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