(Beaver Dam) A Dodge County judge Thursday found probable cause for a Beaver Dam man to proceed to trial on charges that he made violent threats toward law enforcement. John Cowen is facing 27 total counts, including 16 felonies, for offenses like Resisting an Officer, Obstructing, Fourth Degree Sexual Assault, and Unlawful Use of a Phone.
During a call to the Beaver Dam Police Department’s non-emergency number from his phone in June, Cowen reportedly said (quote) “I have a prediction … that one of your pigs is going to be shot.” Sheriff’s detectives then called Cowen who denied placing the call but did admit that he hates several Beaver Dam police officers. A non-law enforcement crises negotiator later contacted Cowen and was reportedly subjected to several obscene comments throughout the conservation.
Over three days in late June, authorities apparently received over 80 harassing phone calls from Cowen. When law enforcement arrested the 41-year-old at his home, he was said to be uncooperative and belligerent, resisting arrest while making crude comments. He is also accused of touching a deputy and a nurse inappropriately. Cowen was arrested again in October on drug possession and bail jumping charges, after posting a $17-thousand dollar cash bond.