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Forum Communications Co. report, Published January 22 2010

Man's possession of night-vision goggles results in fine

WILLMAR, Minn. – A Minneapolis man was sentenced Thursday for possessing stolen military night-vision goggles, which he lent to his father who used them during a 2008 Halloween incident in which he squirted fox urine on teen pranksters.

Judge David L. Mennis in Kandiyohi County District Court handed down a 30-day stayed sentence and ordered Thomas Albert Wagar a $500 fine plus court fees.

Wagar, 25, was convicted in December of a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property, which was reduced from a felony level charge, for possessing the goggles. The goggles were 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 because they had previously vandalized his yard with toilet paper.

Wagar and his father, Scott Edward Wagar, 51, of Willmar, were both charged last January with felony counts for possessing the goggles. However, Scott Wagar’s charges connected to the fox urine incident, other than for possessing the stolen goggles, were dismissed in March.

During Thomas Wagar’s sentencing Thursday, the judge chided Wagar for depriving his fellow soldiers of the safety and well-being that could have been provided by the goggles, which he took home from Iraq in 2006 after serving there with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Wagar made no statement during the hearing.

The West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., is owned by Forum Communications Co.