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Man making threats with machete arrested in Trempealeau County



An Arcadia man who allegedly threatened his neighbors with a machete could be charged with reckless endangerment and meth possession.

Police arrested 33-year-old Brandon Ottum on Tuesday, after bringing a K-9 officer to Ottum’s apartment.

Officers from Arcadia, Independence, Trempealeau County and the DNR were called to the scene.

The threat led to a lockdown at a nearby Catholic school.

Ottum has a few felony cases on his record…most recently, for being a party to a meth delivery in 2015.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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