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Man arrested for threatening Lodi officers
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Man arrested for threatening Lodi officers

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A Sun Prairie man was arrested after allegedly threatening a Lodi Police officer and a sheriff deputy. The officers were called to the Waddle Inn for reports of an armed intoxicated man in a minivan.

Zackery A. Raether, 32, has been charged with two counts of threat to a law enforcement officer, a class H felony. Judge W. Andrew Voigt set a $5,000 signature bond that was posted.

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At his initial appearance on Aug. 11, Raether had his bond set with standard felony conditions by Judge Voigt.

According to the criminal complaint, Lodi Police Officer Kyle McCarty went to the Waddle Inn at 1:15 a.m. Aug. 7. McCarty observed Raether parked in a grass field east of the Waddle Inn. McCarty called for backup officers.

Soon Columbia County Sheriff Deputy Ronald Stage and Sgt. Brian Poulin arrived on scene. The officers made contact with Raether and asked him to exit his vehicle with his hands up.

Raether did what the officers said and that is when McCarty could smell strong intoxicants coming from him. As he exited the vehicle McCarty noticed an empty gun holster on Raether and located a handgun inside the vehicle.

McCarty was transporting Raether to Columbia County Jal when Raether starting making threats.

Deputy Stage also noted Raether making threats as they assisted with transporting him. Raether allegedly told Stage they were making a big mistake arresting him and that they would regret it.

The complaint states Raether was taken to the jail then to Aspirus Hospital. Raether told Stage that he would find him once he was released and continued to threaten violence toward the officers.

Raether showed the officers an Outlaws motorcycle gang tattoo on his stomach and said “my crew will find you.”

Raether is set to be back in court for a pre-trial conference in October with a return date in December in front of Judge Voigt.


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