A late-night disturbance at an Almena tavern has resulted in misdemeanor charges against a village resident, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.
A complaint filed Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, identifies the defendant as Gary M. Kaquatosh, 42, Almena.
According to the complaint, a Turtle Lake police officer went to the Almena VFW Post bar shortly after 10 p.m. Sept. 28 for a report of a man causing a disturbance.
He arrived to see a man, later identified as the defendant, allegedly urinating against the wall outside the bar. The man allegedly said he didn’t have identification, and he gave the officer a false name. He was arrested.
The bartender allegedly said the defendant was throwing items around and yelling profanities. During a search incident to arrest, the defendant allegedly tried to spit on the officer. He allegedly threatened the officer while being transported to jail and a “spit hood” was placed on his head.
At the time of the incident, Kaquatosh was on probation in connection with a felony charge of “throwing or discharging bodily fluid at a public safety worker/prosecutor.” As a condition of probation, he had been ordered to maintain absolute sobriety. An 18-month prison term was imposed and stayed at sentencing on condition that Kaquatosh honor the terms of probation.
According to court records, the defendant waived his right to an attorney and pleaded guilty to both misdemeanor counts filed in connection with the Sept. 28 incident. He was fined $267.50 and ordered to pay court costs, as well as doing 40 hours of community service work.