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Minneapolis man to stand trial in Willmar homecoming incident

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WILLMAR -- Thomas Albert Wagar, 25, of Minneapolis, will stand trial Dec. 10 for allegedly possessing stolen, military-issue night vision goggles used by his father during a Sept. 16, 2008, homecoming incident that included spraying teens with a squirt gun filled with water and fox urine.

The jury trial date was set during a conference Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Wagar faces a felony charge of possessing stolen property. The trial will be before District Judge David L. Mennis.

Wagar and his father, Scott Edward Wagar, 50, of rural Willmar, were both charged in January with felony counts for possessing the goggles. All of the charges -- including misdemeanors for fifth-degree assault, disorderly conduct and theft -- against Scott Wagar have since been dismissed.

Scott Wagar was charged with the misdemeanor counts after he reported to the county sheriff on Sept. 17 he had been in an altercation with another person, who was among a group of young people who had come to his property east of Willmar the night before. He had sprayed the group with a squirt gun filled with water and fox urine. They, in turn, had thrown eggs and toilet paper on his property.

According to the complaint against Thomas Wagar, he allegedly possessed a pair of military-issue night vision goggles that his father used during the homecoming incident. He later turned them over to a Defense Department investigator. The complaint states that the replacement cost for the goggles is $2,748. Military personnel at Fort McCoy, Wis., identified the goggles as controlled technology intended for and assigned to a combat unit in Iraq.