Woman committed for starting fire
Waukesha - A City of Oconomowoc woman was recently committed to a state facility for setting her house in Sussex on fire last year.
Sharyl L. Lananske, 39, formerly of Sussex, had entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea to a felony charge of arson. Last month, Lananske entered a no contest plea to the charge, and Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer ordered Lananske to be committed to a state mental health facility and remain under the supervision by the state Department of Health for 25 years.
According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies were called to a fire at Lananske's house, N63 W23786 Pembrooke St., at about 11:15 a.m. March 24, 2011. Fire Department personnel conducted three searches of the house and could not find anyone or any animal, the complaint said.
Lananske's husband, Keith, told authorities his children made it to school that day, and he had been trying to reach his wife but was unable to. He did communicate with her via text message at 11:18 that morning, the complaint said.
A Sheriff's Department detective questioned Lananske at her aunt's house in Oak Creek. Lananske said she woke up at 6:30 a.m. and took her children to school and returned home at about 8:45 a.m. and made a drink with vodka and orange juice. After getting dressed, she then said she finished the drink and put the family dog in a car. She told police she then took a gas can and began to pour gasoline throughout the house, the complaint said.
Lananske said she ignited the gasoline and left immediately, the complaint said.
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