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UPDATE: Man accused of making Waupun bomb threats enters pleas

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

UPDATE: A man charged with making a series of bomb threats – and then was discovered to be a sex offender refereeing prep sports events – pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect Friday.

Aaron Schreiber

UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2014 --- 3:21 p.m.

From our news partner WLUK in Green Bay:

JUNEAU – A man charged with making a series of bomb threats – and then was discovered to be a sex offender refereeing prep sports events – pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect Friday.

Aaron Schreiber faces 41 counts in all, including 15 of making a bomb scare and ten of being a child sex offender working with children.

No trial date was a set. A psychiatric review was ordered.

Schreiber was previously found competent to stand trial; a ruling that pertains to his ability to assist in his own defense. The so-called insanity plea relates to his mental condition at the time of the alleged crimes.

A scheduling conference is set for April 17.

He allegedly made the threats to various businesses in the Waupun area in November, including calls to a school, a hospital and other businesses. Authorities also say he is a registered sex offender and allegedly violated the sex offender registry, by refereeing school sporting events.

Fond du Lac County also filed five charges of being a child sex offender working with children. A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 11 in that case.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 8, 2014 --- 10:25 a.m.

According to online court records, a man accused of making bomb threats in the Waupun area has been found competent to stand trial.

31-year-old Aaron Schreiber appeared in Dodge Co. court Wednesday for a hearing.

The charges filed against Schreiber on Friday, November 15th include 15 criminal counts of bomb scares, 16 counts of bail jumping and ten felony counts of a child sex offender working with children.

According to the criminal complaint, Schreiber allegedly made bomb threats to businesses in the Waupun area starting Sunday, November 10th. Those businesses included a Culver’s Restaurant, Family Video store, Kwik Trip gas station, Marine Credit Union, a public library and even the Waupun Hospital.

A preliminary hearing is set for February 12th.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 8, 2014 --- 9:40 a.m.

From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee:

DODGE CO. (WITI) — Officials in Dodge County are trying to figure out whether a man accused of making bomb threats in the Waupun area is competent enough to stand trial. The accused, 31-year-old Aaron Schreiber, is due in court Wednesday, January 8th for a competency hearing.

Schreiber faces a slew of criminal charges associated with bomb threats made in the Waupun area and much more.

The charges filed against Schreiber on Friday, November 15th include 15 criminal counts of bomb scares, 16 counts of bail jumping and ten felony counts of a child sex offender working with children.

According to the criminal complaint, Schreiber allegedly made bomb threats to businesses in the Waupun area starting Sunday, November 10th. Those businesses included a Culver’s Restaurant, Family Video store, Kwik Trip gas station, Marine Credit Union, a public library and even the Waupun Hospital.

The complaint says in several of the cases, calls came into the business — and the number on the called ID was listed as “private.” The caller would say, “There’s a bomb” in the building or in a store. In some cases, there was laughter in the background — and the caller would hang up.

The criminal complaint indicates in each case, investigating officers came up with Schreiber as a suspect after tracing and checking phone records.

Schreiber was arrested on Wednesday, November 13th — and according to the criminal complaint, admitted to making all of the bomb threats.

The criminal complaint also charges Schreiber with ten counts of a child sex offender working with children.

“The defendant is a convicted sex offender and has been working as a middle school and high school sports official in Mayville, Beaver Dam and Waupun,” said Dodge County District Attorney Curt Klomberg.

Schreiber has been on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry since his conviction in March 2005. He was found guilty in a military court of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl while he was in the service.

There are 41 charges in all against Schreiber. If convicted, Schreiber faces 12-and-a-half years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines on the most serious charges. Bond for Schreiber has been set at $200,000. He’s also not allowed to use a cell phone and he can only use a landline telephone for emergencies or for legal use.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 11:48 a.m.

WAUPUN, Wis. (AP) -- Waupun police have arrested a man in a string of at least 10 bomb threats that have forced local establishments to evacuate and left local residents skittish about going downtown.

Deputy Chief Scott Louden says a 31-year-old Markesan man was taken into custody Wednesday evening and is being held on accusations he violated the sex offender registry rules by officiating some sporting events in which minors were involved. WLUK-TV reports officials say the man, during questioning, admitted involvement in making the bomb threats.

Louden says even though no bombs have ever been found, authorities had to respond in full force. The threats were phoned into businesses, a public library and hospital in three communities in recent days.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 10:22 a.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

Waupun police have a person in custody in connection with a series of bomb threats.

Officials say the man had been under investigation for sex offender violations.

They say he had been serving as a referee at youth sporting events, such as basketball.

Officials say the 31-year-old Markesan man was arrested Wednesday night.

Officials say the man confessed to making the bomb threats.

Eleven have been called in since Saturday.

Authorities say there was overwhelming evidence from cell phone records that the man made the threats.

The man is expected to appear in court Friday.

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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 --- 6:30 p.m.

Most afternoons at Family Video in Waupun play out a lot like this Wednesday: Manager Dan Sanders spends his time filing, stacking and ringing up DVDs. But that routine was put on pause Monday.

"One of my employees had a phone call coming into the store," Sanders said. "There was no introduction. It just said, there's a bomb in your store."

He says the employee called 911 and was forced to close the store for a half hour as officers did a sweep of the place. While no bomb turned up, the threat wasted taxpayer money and compromised the community's safety.

"You're taking basically all of our officers off the street and responding to this certain complaint," said Waupun deputy police chief Scott Louden.

Waupun police has had to respond to 10 other similar calls between Sunday and Wednesday, from a Kwik Trip gas station to the area high school.

"You're getting a bomb threat, we're treating it like a bomb threat," Louden. "Do I feel it's a threat of terrorism? Absolutely. People in our community are affected by this."

Each time there was no evidence of an explosive device, nor a suspect. Descriptions of the voice vary and the number that shows up is often blocked or fake.

"Twenty years ago, we probably would have been able to solve this case by now. And that's one of the things that's frustrating for law enforcement because this takes time," Louden said.

The Dept. of Criminal Investigation is now helping authorities pinpoint where the dialing is coming from.

In the meantime, the entire town is waiting to get back to its normal routine.

"It definitely has this feel of just this prank," Sanders said. "But that being said, we have no idea where our world is right now. You need to take each one as if it isn't a joke. And I think we've done a good job as far as following protocol all around the city."

Waupun police says it does have a person of interest. The community has also put up a $1,000 reward for anyone with information relating to the bomb threats.

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Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2013 --- 10:00 a.m.

WAUPUN, Wis. (AP) -- Waupun police are investigating a string of at least 10 bomb threats that have forced local establishments to evacuate and left local residents skittish about going downtown.

The Reporter Media says police are frustrated because they have to take each threat seriously, and their responses tie up emergency resources.

Bomb threats have been called in to fast-food restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores and a high school.

The threats began Sunday night. Police Chief Dale Heeringa says no devices have been found, but the community gets rattled every time there's another rush of police sirens.

He says descriptions of the caller's voice vary, and the number that shows up on caller ID appears faked.

A $200 reward was raised to $400 following a threat Wednesday at Waupun Area High School.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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