A Chetek man is facing up to 14 years behind bars in connection with allegations of domestic abuse and felony bail jumping following an incident on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Chetek, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.
A complaint filed Oct. 31 identifies the defendant as Roger R. Zempel, 42, 1226 Fifth St., Chetek. A woman who lived with the defendant told police that he threw a cell phone at her and burned her with a cigarette during a domestic quarrel at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 29, and threatened to shoot her with a BB gun if she didn’t leave.
When the woman warned him to stop or she would report the incident to police, he allegedly threatened to get her children taken away from her and “make her life a living hell.”
At the time of the incident, Zempel was already a defendant in two active Barron County felony cases, including charges of felony drunk driving, filed March 20, and theft by a contractor.
In the latter case, a complaint filed in May 2018 alleges Zempel agreed to renovate a building in downtown Barron in January 2016 at a cost of just over $117,000.
The complaint said that over the next two years, the defendant took $66,500 from the owner’s account at WESTconsin Credit Union, but only did some of the work, and allegedly fled Wisconsin to live with a relative in Arkansas.
Court documents said the defendant was later extradited to Barron County.
The Oct. 31 complaint charges Zempel with four misdemeanors, including battery, disorderly conduct, intimidating a victim and criminal damage to property, and two counts of felony bail jumping.
At an initial appearance on Oct. 31, the defendant was freed on $1,000 cash bond and warned to have no contact with his alleged victim.
A preliminary hearing is set Friday, Nov. 9.