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Wagar now faces felony charge, two lesser charges dropped

WILLMAR -- Two of the three misdemeanor charges against Scott Edward Wagar have been dismissed by the county attorney's office, but he now faces a felony charge for receiving stolen property for allegedly possessing stolen military-issue night vision goggles.

Wagar is the rural Willmar man charged in a Sept. 16 homecoming incident that included spraying teens with a squirt gun filled with water and fox urine. He appeared in Kandiyohi County District Court today before Judge Michael J. Thompson.

After meeting in chambers with Dain Olson, the assistant county attorney prosecuting the case, and Doug Kluver, Wagar's attorney, Thompson reviewed the progress in the case in open court. The fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges have been dismissed, leaving a theft charge.

Olson also confirmed that the state has dismissed two motions, one seeking a change of venue for the case, and another seeking to limit evidence presented in the case to only the September incident. An evidentiary hearing is set for Feb. 25.

On the new felony charge for receiving stolen property, Thompson allowed Wagar to be released on his personal recognizance and set his release conditions as the same for the misdemeanor file. Kluver requested an omnibus hearing, which was set for Feb. 25.

Read more about the hearing and the new charge against Wagar in Wednesday's West Central Tribune.