WILLMAR -- A 38-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Thursday on a felony charge for allegedly making terroristic threats against a Willmar women's shelter.
Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 for Daniel Richard Clouse. Conditional release was allowed on his personal recognizance. He was ordered to have no contact with any women's shelter, including staff members or residents, and remain 500 feet from any women's shelter.
Clouse's next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Jan. 30.
According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer received a report around 3 p.m. Nov. 24 that Clouse had made threats to shoot out the Shelter House in Willmar. The officer contacted staff members, who had also received similar information, and was going to go to the shelter to meet with staff members in person.
However, before he arrived, staff members called the police and reported that Clouse was at the front door trying to get in. The officer arrived and questioned Clouse, who said he wanted to tell his wife something, and that she knew she was at the shelter. The officer questioned Clouse about the previous threats. Clouse claimed that he had not made any threats.
Staff members informed the officer that Clouse said if he had a gun he was going to shoot up the door of the women's shelter, that the threat was taken seriously and that Clouse was questioning them about information on his wife.
A local witness said Clouse told her in a store that "if I had a gun, I would go over to the shelter and shoot up the doors." When questioned, Clouse denied being in the store and talking to anyone.
Later, a local clergy person contacted the officer, reporting that Clouse was looking for his wife and that he became upset and said he'd kick the Shelter House door in to find her.