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Gooch’s fire suspect slated for one-day trial, refusal hearing

October 18, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

The man accused of starting the fire that burned Gooch’s A One Tavern in Boulder Junction to the ground in August will answer to a citation that he refused police-ordered alcohol testing the night he was arrested in January. 

Connor Cavanaugh, 20, Orland Park, Ill., is represented by Eagle River Attorney Steve Lucarelli. He pled not guilty to all citations he was issued by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department — reckless driving/endangering safety, operating while intoxicated first offense, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and refusing to take a test for intoxication after arrest.

Cavanaugh is free on a $2,500 signature bond. 

Gooch’s A One Tavern caught ablaze the evening of Aug. 11 after a 911 call reported a car hit a power pole there just after 1 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the structure was fully engulfed in flames — despite several fire stations responding. 

According to court records, Cavanaugh, the driver, and his friends had gone to do burnouts in the parking lot when they hit the pole. 

Lucarelli filed a request for a six-person jury days after the charges were filed in Vilas County Circuit Court. A hearing on the refusal is set for the same day as the one-day jury trial — Jan. 8. A pre-trial is set for mid-December. 


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