Plea deal reached for Altoona man who threatened to shoot up St. Croix County reunion

Glenwood City (WQOW) – A plea bargain has been reached for the man charged with threatening to shoot up his high school reunion. 

As we first reported in September, Nicholas Osterkamp was charged with a felony count of making terroristic threats. 

According to the criminal complaint, Osterkamp wrote on the Facebook page for the Glenwood City all-school reunion: "Can I show up with my firearms? Good amount of people my .40 would like to meet."

He told police he never intended to shoot anyone and had been bullied when he was a student at Glenwood City.

Wednesday, a judge accepted a plea deal. If Osterkamp completes 40 hours of community service and doesn’t commit any more crimes for the next two years, his charge will be dropped to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a computer. 


Glenwood City (WQOW) – The man who threatened to "shoot up" a school reunion in Glenwood City now faces charges.

Nicholas Osterkamp, who now lives in Altoona, was charged with a felony count of making terrorist threats; that threat was posted on the Facebook page for Glenwood City’s all-school reunion scheduled for this weekend.

According to the criminal complaint, Osterkamp wrote:

"Can I show up with my firearms? Good amount of people my .40 would like to meet."

A crime stoppers tip allowed Eau Claire and Altoona police to locate Osterkamp. He was arrested Thursday afternoon. During the arrest, the handgun referenced in the threat was found.

Osterkamp is free on a $1,500 cash bond. He’s ordered not to have contact with the reunion and to not possess firearms. A hearing is scheduled for October 19. If convicted of the felony charge, Osterkamp faces up to 3 1/2 years in jail.


Posted Sept. 7, 2017:

Glenwood City (WQOW) — After threats to shoot people at a school reunion surfaced on Facebook, authorities arrested a man for terroristic threats. 

Someone posted on Facebook that they’d "shoot participants of the Glenwood City All-School reunion over the upcoming Rustic Lore Day celebration" at about 10 Thursday morning, according to the Glenwood City Police Department

Once police figured out who wrote the post, they arrested the suspect with the help of the Eau Claire and Altoona police departments in Altoona Thursday afternoon. Altoona Police confirm to News 18 they found the man had two handguns, one of which was referenced in the Facebook post. Authorities aren’t identifying the man yet, but say he’s now being held at the Eau Claire County Jail, and is expected to be charged for making felony terroristic threats. 

The reunion and Rustic Lore events are going on as planned this weekend, although the Glenwood City Police Department says it’s working with organizers to ensure it’s safe. 

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