Iron Ridge Man Charged With Contractor Theft From Failed Roofing Project

(Hustisford) Cash bond was set at $5,000 Tuesday for an Iron Ridge man facing a multitude of charges stemming from a failed roofing project. Kurtiss Keel is facing one felony charge of Theft by Contractor as well as felony counts of Intimidating a Victim/Damage to Property and False Imprisonment. Keel is also facing misdemeanor charges of Criminal Trespassing, Battery, Criminal Damage to a Property and Disorderly Conduct. Last July, Keel allegedly cashed a check from a property owner in Hustisford for $9,800 that was to go towards replacing the rubber roof on the residence. The individual called deputies in February to say that no work had been done and that she had tried on numerous occasions to have Keel return the materials he purchased for the job. She said Keel would make excuses as to why the work had not been done and said that there was a restraining order against him at the property where the supplies were located. When investigators interviewed the restraining order petitioner, she said Keel told her that the supplies was at Menards and said that there was no roofing materials at her North Lake Street property in Hustisford. A week later, authorities were called out to the North Lake Street residence after Keel reportedly forced his way inside. According to the criminal complaint, Keel broke multiple cell-phones and started a physical altercation with the home homer. She allegedly told deputies that Keel put his hands around her neck and pushed her into a wall and dryer. The woman was transported to Hartford Hospital where she was treated with minor injuries. If convicted on all charges, the 36-year-old faces up to 35 years in prison.