The Zeatlow home before it was torn down last week Thursday.
The Zeatlow home before it was torn down last week Thursday.

   For the second time in less than a year, a former Ripon man, allegedly angry the city of Ripon planned to tear down his childhood home, threatened to shoot multiple city officials.

    Now he is facing multiple charges in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.

   David G. Zeatlow, 73, of Fond du Lac was charged last week Wednesday in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court with a felony count of Terrorist Threats-Interruption of Operations.

   He also is facing two misdemeanor counts of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct.

   If convicted of all three, he could face a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $12,000 fine.

   Zeatlow made his initial appearance last week Wednesday, and then posted a $500 cash bond that afternoon.

   He’s now set for a preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 2 at 1:30 p.m.

   “In this day and age, you have to take any threat seriously. Based on the fact that I’d been dealing with Mr. Zeatlow over the last couple years ...,” Ripon Police Chief Bill Wallner said. “I knew his demeanor and that he was not happy with the city or city officials ... I had to take that threat seriously.”

Read the full story — including more on the other time Zeatlow allegedly made a similar threat — in the July 26, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.