An encounter between an Iola woman’s estranged husband and boyfriend resulted in felony charges against both men.
Paul J. Reierson, 55, Iola, is charged with burglary, arson, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct as acts of domestic abuse.
Ronald W. Wagy, 55, Waukesha, is charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless use of a firearm and operating a firearm while intoxicated.
At approximately 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Richter was dispatched to a home in rural Iola in response to a woman calling to report that her soon-to-be-ex-husband had broken into her house, took burning logs out of the fireplace and threw them on the floor and started a fire.
Richter spoke to Wagy, who said he had been sleeping when a noise woke him. Wagy got out of bed and found Reierson in the house. He grabbed his handgun off the refrigerator and ordered Reierson to get out of the house, the complaint says.
The two men exited the house and Reierson got into a pickup truck that another man was driving. Wagy allegedly fired his handgun into the air and at the ground near the truck.
Sgt. Kevin Studzinski spoke with Reierson, who said he had been out drinking with his son-in-law. Reierson told Studzinski he asked his son-in-law to drive him over to Wagy’s cabin in rural Iola. Reierson said he pushed the door open with his shoulder, entered the cabin and was petting his dog, when Wagy came into the room and started yelling at him.
Reierson denied breaking anything or throwing logs out of the fireplace. Studzinski reported, however, that Reierson had black soot and burns on the finger tips of his right hand.
Wagy was released from custody after posting a $1,500 cash bond.
Reierson was released from custody after posting a $250 cash bond.
The conditions of their bonds include that they have no contact with each other or the Iola woman. Wagy, whose wife petitioned for a divorce in February, has also been ordered to relinquish all his firearms.