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Attempted Murder Charges Filed Following Incident

October 5, 2017
Emmetsburg News

A Spencer man faces multiple charges following a report of a man with a gun early Monday morning near Ruthven. According to Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes, 23-year old Challer Douglas Wadsley was jailed on charges including Attempted Murder after the early morning incident on U.S. Highway 18.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's office received a pair of 911 calls at 3:14 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, of a male subject walking down U.S. Highway 18 near Ruthven with a gun. Sheriff's deputies responding to the call were unable to find the male subject walking in the area. However, a vehicle was observed leaving the area and deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 3900 block of 380th Street. Upon investigation, 23-year old Challer Douglas Wadsley of Spencer was identified as a passenger in the vehicle, and also as the suspect who had been in possession of the gun on the highway.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that Wadsley had earlier been a passenger in a vehicle driven by 21-year old Courtney Renee Opheim of Whittemore, whom he had assaulted. While in the Opheim vehicle, Wadsley had in his possession a 20-gauge shotgun, and allegedly had held the weapon to Opheim's head. Opheim was able to pull the vehicle over in the 3700 block of U.S. Highway 18 and Wadsley exited the vehicle with the shotgun. As Opheim pulled away, Wadsley fired the shotgun at the vehicle, striking it on the rear passenger side bumper.

After the incident, an eight-hour search of a four-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 18 was conducted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office. Officers were able to locate the 20-gauge shotgun and two spent rounds found in the area where the shotgun was located.

Subsequently, Challer Douglas Wadsley was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, a Class B Felony; Intimidation With a Dangerous Weapon, a Class C Felony; Domestic Abuse Assault, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; False Imprisonment, a Serious Misdemean-

or and Public Intoxication, a Simple Misdemeanor. Challer Douglas Wadsley was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was booked into jail to await an initial appearance before a magistrate.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office at the scene were the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Emmetsburg Police Department, Algona Police Department and K9 Jet and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.



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