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June 1, 2020

2/15/2020 7:30:00 AM
Oneida County zoning official set for trial on misdemeanor charges

Jamie Taylor
River News Reporter


Oneida County assistant planning and zoning director Peter Wegner is scheduled for a two-day jury trial in September on two misdemeanor charges filed last year in Lincoln County Circuit Court, according to online court records.

Wegner was charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident that occurred on Town Hall Road, a mile north of State Highway 17, on Feb. 7, 2019.

According to the complaint, at about 7 p.m., the driver of a Town of a Russell snowplow reported an SUV allegedly driven by Wegner cut him off, forcing him to stop. The driver said Wegner got out of his vehicle armed with a baseball bat which he used to first strike the snowplow and then strike the man at least once in the shoulder. The driver told the Lincoln County sheriff's deputy who responded to his 9-1-1 call that Wegner tried to gain access to the cab of the truck, then tried to drag the him out of the vehicle. He told the deputy that Wegner also tried to grab his cellphone, which he had already used to call 9-1-1. According to the complaint, dispatchers from Lincoln County heard "a lot of yelling and swearing" during the alleged incident, which the alleged victim told the deputy happened so fast he didn't have time to put the snowplow in park.

The driver also reported receiving threatening text messages from Wegner prior to the incident which he turned over to police.

"Mail box down again for the second time! 25 years without a scratch," one text allegedly said. There were several others where Wegner allegedly said he wanted to fight with the driver, the complaint states.

Wegner made his initial appearance March 4 before Lincoln County Judge Robert Russell and was released on a $1,000 signature bond.

On April 22, a request for specific judicial assignment resulted in the case being transferred to Marathon County Judge Gregory Huber.

Following the incident, a judge granted the snowplow driver's request for an injunction prohibiting Wegner from having any contact with him for four years. Wegner also agreed to have no contact with the driver as a condition of bond in the battery case. 

However, two new misdemeanor charges were filed in November after Wegner allegedly violated the terms of that restraining order on Oct. 24 when he allegedly yelled profanities at the snowplow driver at an area gas station. He was charged with knowingly violating a harassment restraining order and misdemeanor bail jumping. This case is tracking with the original case before Huber. Online court records show that a motion hearing has been scheduled for June 5 and the jury trial is set for Sept. 8-9.

Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at jamie@rivernewsonline.com





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