Sparta man jailed after making death threats to police chief
A convicted felon with a lengthy criminal record is behind bars after making what authorities are calling "credible" death threats against Sparta Police Chief Dave Kuderer.
Trevor A. Nichols, 32, Sparta, was arrested as the result of an investigation conducted by the Juneau County Sheriff's Department into allegation made on a social media post, accused Kuderer of wrong-doing.
Juneau County authorities said they found those allegations to be proven false after interviewing multiple witnesses and reviewing seized evidence. Authorities also suspect Nichols was behind those allegations.
According to Juneau County Sheriff's office, during the course of their investigation, detectives discovered death threats made by Nichols against Kuderer relating to the social media post. They also allegedly discovered Nichols was trying to get at least one other individual to buy a firearm for him, since, as a felon, he can't legally purchase guns.
Nichols is being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond. He is charged with battery or threat to law enforcement, attempted possession of a firearm by felon, and solicitation of a straw purchase of a firearm. A criminal complaint has yet to be filed, so details on the investigation are still vague.
According to Sparta Assistant Police Chief Emily Nottestadt, the Sparta Police Department turned the investigation over to Juneau County to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest, and Kuderer remained separated from the investigation.
"That was one of our biggest concerns," said Nottestadt. "We wanted another agency to come in. Obviously we can't look into that ourselves since it's (Kuderer's) own agency."
She said Sparta police have had numerous run-ins with Nichols and this appears to be some sort of vendetta he has against the police chief.