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Mittelstadt charged with felony possession of methamphetamine

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  The other occupant of an apartment at 601 ½ Main Street in Colfax where an officer-involved shooting occurred December 18 has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

Dennis K. Mittelstadt, 47, made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court January 13.

In addition to felony possession of methamphetamine, Mittelstadt is charged with misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

Mittelstadt was charged in connection with the incident in which 44-year-old Beth Mittelstadt was shot by Colfax Police Chief Bill Anderson when she came at him with a machete.

The afternoon of December 18, officers obtained a search warrant for the apartment and discovered the methamphetamine and the drug paraphernalia.

In the past, Dennis Mittelstadt had been charged with obstructing an officer in connection with an incident that occurred in September of 2013. At the time, Mittelstadt lived in Boyceville.

Judge William Stewart approved a deferred prosecution agreement in that case in November of 2013.

Mittelstadt appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court December 1, 2014, in connection with the deferred prosecution agreement.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Maki told the court that Mittelstadt had not yet completed his community service, and Judge Rod Smeltzer granted an additional 90 days for Mittelstadt to complete the community service.

The misdemeanor bail jumping charge is connected to Mittelstadt’s failure to fulfill the deferred prosecution agreement from the previous case of obstructing an officer.

In the methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia case, Judge Smeltzer set bail with a $1,000 signature bond December 19.

Mittelstadt’s next court hearing is scheduled for April 7.