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Bail set at a quarter of a million dollars for alleged harasser

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

Bail has been set at $250,000 for a 33-year-old man accused of repeatedly harassing and threatening a woman and her family.

Michael Drew Williams, no address, is charged in Olmsted District Court with a pattern of harassing conduct. His next court appearance is Dec. 20.

According to the criminal complaint, the harassment has gone on for a year, and Williams already faces numerous charges for violating protection orders and harassment in Fillmore County.

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An emergency order for protection was signed by a district judge in Fillmore County on Dec. 6, 2004, effective for one year, ordering Williams to have no contact with the woman or her daughter.

Later that month, Williams was charged in Fillmore County with first-degree burglary, violating the order for protection and domestic assault, for allegedly assaulting a relative. In March, he was charged in Fillmore County with making terroristic threats and violating terms of the protection order. That complaint alleged he threatened to kill a family member for not telling him where the woman and her daughter were staying.

Once in June and twice in August, Williams was accused of violating the protection order and was charged in Fillmore County with a pattern of harassing conduct.

On July 31, a Fillmore sheriff's deputy tried to stop Williams in Spring Valley on an arrest warrant, and Williams sped away, the complaint said. The deputy pursued until Williams lost control of his vehicle, crashed and ran.

Inside Williams' vehicle, authorities said, they found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a .22-caliber rifle and a hit list that contained the names of law enforcement officers, other government employees and the woman he is accused of harassing. Williams was then charged with fifth-degree controlled substance crime, fleeing a peace officer, obstructing the legal process and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The complaint said that on Nov. 2, 2005, the woman contacted Rochester police saying that on Nov. 1 she left her job in Rochester, walked to her vehicle and found a music CD and a napkin with a handwritten note under her windshield wiper. She said the note was signed by Williams.

She said that later that night she received calls on her cell phone from Williams, leaving messages threatening to kill her boyfriend and her family. She received more calls from Williams the following week.

The complaint said that on Nov. 18, Williams was arrested on his outstanding warrants. The woman told police that she is afraid of his escalating anger and fearful he will take her daughter or that he will hurt or kill her or family members.

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