Tuesday, 16 July 2024

Officials continue Lucerne fire and death investigation

LUCERNE – The investigation into the cause of a Lucerne man's death in a Monday morning home fire continued on Tuesday.


Harry Jon Waner's home on Highland and Second had been under guard by Lake County Sheriff's officials through Monday night, and it remained cordoned off on Tuesday as Lake County Arson Task Force investigators continued their work.


Northshore Fire personnel found human remains inside Waner's burned trailer on Monday, prompting a full investigation, as Lake County News has reported.


As of Tuesday, the coroner's office hadn't confirmed that it was the body of the 58-year-old Waner that firefighters had found, although he was reported to have been at home when the fire broke out.


A sheriff's official also didn't respond to an inquiry about the outcome of a Tuesday autopsy.


Waner's new wife, 53-year-old Sandra Jean Bronson, remained in the Lake County Jail with bail set at $250,000 as the investigation continues.


Sheriff's investigators arrested her on Monday after finding she had been at Waner's home the night before in violation of a domestic violence restraining order issued against her on June 15, according to Capt. James Bauman.


Bronson was due in court on Monday for arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of battery on a non-cohabitant for allegedly assaulting Waner on June 11, according to court records. She's due back in court on June 29 for disposition and setting of future court proceedings.


Officials have not indicated that any other charges against Bronson are forthcoming.


Waner had allegedly assaulted her on May 29 and was himself facing a misdemeanor charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse as a result.


A neighbor told Lake County News on Monday that the couple recently had married but weren't living together.


Both Bronson and Waner have lengthy legal records that stretch back as far as 1991 in Lake County.


In the case of Bronson, who works as a caregiver, she's faced prosecution for drugs, driving under the influence, perjury, welfare fraud and vandalism.


Waner had previous convictions in two separate domestic assault cases as well as for DUI, and also had been prosecuted on drug charges.


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