BALSAM LAKE – A 44-year-old rural Luck man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly threatened a man by pointing a shotgun at him and later was charged with drug offenses after police looked for him at his home.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Polk County District Attorney’s office, a total of five felony charges have been filed against Alexander Wefel, 44, who faces charges of 2nd-degree reckless endangerment, intimidating or threatening a victim, methamphetamine possession, possession of meth manufacturing paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.
According to the criminal complaint, the incident in question took place on the afternoon of July 8. A man was driving by Wefel’s home on Hwy. 48 and waved at him, but was flagged down by Wefel. The victim then turned his car around and went back to see what he wanted, which is when Wefel is alleged to have threatened the man by pointing the shotgun at his face, telling him to stop messing with his electricity.
The victim left the scene and called police, who investigated later and went to Wefel’s home.
When the authorities arrived on the scene, Wefel was gone, but a subsequent search of the residence found the alleged shotgun, as well as a variety of drug discoveries, including methamphetamine residue on several pieces of paraphernalia, which led to several drug charges.
As to the allegation that the man was tampering with Wefel’s electricity, it was unclear what, if anything, the victim had to do with supposed electrical problems at the home, although Wefel had apparently worked for several days to restore power to the property.
Wefel is now facing a total of five felony charges, with the one misdemeanor charge for the incident charged out on Aug. 1 by the district attorney’s office.
Wefel appeared before Judge Daniel Tolan in court on Monday, Aug. 21, where he set a $5,000 signature bond, but did not schedule the next appearance, as Wefel applied for a judicial substitution. – Gary King