Does David G. Zeatlow deserve to be charged with a felony count of terrorist threats-interruption of operation?

   A county judge said yes, but not before attorneys sparred over that question last week Thursday during the Ripon native’s preliminary hearing.

   Zeatlow, 73, currently of Fond du Lac appeared in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court after allegedly threatening to shoot city of Ripon officials in an effort to prevent his childhood house from being torn down.

   He was charged July 18 with one count of terrorist threats-interruption of operation, a Class I felony, along with two Class B misdemeanors: disorderly conduct and telephone harassment.

   Zeatlow allegedly made the threat to shoot officials of Ripon while he was on the phone with Alan Colvin, the director of Constituent Services for Gov. Scott Walker.

   According to Investigator Jesse Tipton, who gave his testimony at the hearing, Zeatlow declared he would shoot the officials after Colvin stated the governor could not help Zeatlow.

Read the full story in the Aug. 9, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.