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Authorities seize multiple weapons from Brownsdale home

AUSTIN — A Brownsdale man accused of "going nuts" and running around a mobile home park with a machete made his first appearance last week in Mower County District Court.

William Howard Grever, 53, faces three counts of being a violent felon in possession of a firearm and one count of fifth-degree drug possession, all felonies.

He was released from custody in lieu of $25,000 conditional bond and is due back in court Aug. 17.

The charges stem from an investigation that began about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 1, when deputies responded to Vista Village mobile home park in Brownsdale.

A woman said Grever was "going nuts" and running around the park with a machete , at one point standing outside a residence and yelling for a man to come outside.


Grever was taken into custody without incident when deputies arrived, and detained while officers investigated.

He denied walking around with a weapon or making threats, but claimed a neighbor "is having sex with my wife up there and he is scared because I found out," the complaint says, adding that he was "not trying to hurt nobody, kill nobody, nothing."

He allegedly changed his story, saying he'd looked for a neighbor, then walked back home. Grever continued to deny having a weapon, and said "they're trying to get me in trouble to get me out of the way so they can keep" having an affair with his wife, court documents say.

He said he'd used a long flashlight that "looks like a bat" while he walked to and from the neighbor's residence, but refused to allow a deputy to look inside the home for it.

Another neighbor said he'd seen Grever walking with a "long knife that had brass knuckles built into the handle," the documents say, and a woman said she'd seen him with a "silver pipe" in his hand.

That woman said Grever believes his wife is sleeping with several men in the mobile home court, called him paranoid and claimed he uses methamphetamine, the complaint says.

A search warrant for Grever's home was executed that night, resulting in the seizure of a loaded 9 mm pistol, an AR-15 rifle, multiple rounds of ammunition for both weapons, a Samurai sword , a dagger, several throwing knives , a fighting knife, brass knuckles, several hatchets, 63.5 grams of marijuana and nearly $4,000 in cash, the reports say.

Grever was convicted of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in 2008 and sentenced to five years in prison for an incident in February 2006.


In that criminal complaint, authorities said Grever was watching television Feb. 11 at the Sargeant home of a 47-year-old man, a long-time acquaintance.

Grever showed the man's 16-year-old daughter a handgun, saying she had to come with him and that he planned to shoot her dad. Grever allegedly said he was taking the girl "to save her life."

The father and daughter struggled with Grever, who allegedly pointed the gun at the dad's head and threw the girl against a sink. The girl stabbed Grever in the head with a knife, and he fled.

He was arrested in northeast Montana three days after the incident, and entered an Alford plea of guilty in May 2006.

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