Judge orders charges against man dismissed in fox urine case
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The remaining charges against Scott Edward Wagar have been ordered dismissed for insufficient probable cause. The rural Willmar man was charged in a Sept. 16 homecoming incident that included spraying teens with a squirt gun fil...
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The remaining charges against Scott Edward Wagar have been ordered dismissed for insufficient probable cause.
The rural Willmar man was charged in a Sept. 16 homecoming incident that included spraying teens with a squirt gun filled with water and fox urine.
The orders were filed by District Judge Michael J. Thompson on Monday and Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Each dismisses one charge, a misdemeanor theft charge and a felony for receiving stolen property charge for possessing allegedly stolen, military-issued night-vision goggles used in the incident.
Doug Kluver, Wagar's attorney, said Tuesday that was the right decision. "The judge exercised the wisdom that the public should expect from our judges," he said.
Kluver added that his client was happy with the decision and was looking forward to resolution of the case against his son. Thomas Albert Wagar, 24, of Minneapolis also faces a felony charge of receiving stolen property for the goggles. His next court appearance is an omnibus hearing on April 24. While the younger Wagar is represented by a public defender, his father's attorney expects a motion to dismiss will be filed in that case.
"We disagree with the court's decision," County Attorney Boyd Beccue said, adding that the complaints would not have been filed if his office did not believe there was probable cause for the charges. "Beyond that, I can say no more because there is still an active file on the other Mr. Wagar."
Charges were filed against the elder Wagar after he reported to the county sheriff on Sept. 17 that he had been in an altercation with another person, who was among a group of young people who had come to his property east of Willmar the night before. He had sprayed the group with a squirt gun filled with water and fox urine. They, in turn, had thrown eggs and toilet paper on his property.
The felony charge was filed against both Wagars on Jan. 30. The allegations were that both men possessed a pair of military-issued night vision goggles that Thomas Wagar had taken while serving with a Marine unit in Iraq. The goggles are valued at $2,748.
The West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minn., and the Duluth News Tribune are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.