UPDATE: Altoona man charged with making terrorist threats against GC All-School Reunion released on bond

OsterkampNicholas D. Osterkamp —photo courtesy of the Glenwood City Police Department

By LeAnn R. Ralph

EAU CLAIRE — A 24-year-old Altoona man charged with one felony count of making terrorist threats concerning the Glenwood City All-School Reunion this weekend has been released on a $1,500 signature bond.

Nicholas D. Osterkamp made an initial appearance in Eau Claire County Circuit Court at 11 a.m. Friday.

Bail was set with a $1,500 signature bond. Conditions of bond are that Osterkamp is to have no contact with the Glenwood City All-School Reunion activities and is not to use or possess any firearms.

Osterkamp was arrested Thursday after threatening gun violence at the Glenwood City All-School Reunion in a Facebook post.

According to a news release, the Glenwood City Police Department became aware of the threat of gun violence posted on Facebook at around 10 a.m. Thursday, September 7.

After conducting an investigation, the Glenwood City Police Department determined who had written the post, and with the assistance of the Eau Claire Police Department and the Altoona Police Department, the author of the post was arrested.

Osterkamp was held in the Eau Claire County Jail until the time of bail hearing Friday morning.

In the news release, Glenwood City Police Chief Robert Darwin said he believes the threat posted on Facebook is an isolated incident and that he does not believe there is any continuing danger to the public.

The Glenwood City Police Department is working with the Glenwood City school district and Rustic Lore event organizers, along with other area law enforcement agencies, to ensure the public remains safe during the Glenwood City All-School Reunion.

Osterkamp was taken into custody about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at his residence in Altoona by the Eau Claire and Altoona Police Departments, according to information provided by Police Chief Darwin.

At the time of Osterkamp’s arrest, a .40 caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shot gun were recovered at Osterkamp’s residence, Police Chief Darwin said.

Osterkamp’s current address is in Altoona. On-line court records indicate Osterkamp previously lived on Meadow Lane in Eau Claire.

Osterkamp is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Eau Claire County Circuit Court September 27 and is scheduled for another hearing on October 19.

Making terrorist threats is a Class I felony that, upon conviction, carries a penalty of a fine up to $10,000 and/or a prison term of up to three years and six months.