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Attorney still sought for one in joint explosion case

July 16, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

One man charged in a joint felony case of causing an explosion at an Iron County asphalt plant several years ago refused to waive time limits for his right to a preliminary hearing last week in court. 

Robert “Barrell” Gollubske, 81, and son Matthew Gollubske, 38, both of Kimball, were in court last Wednesday morning on filed only charges of felony damage to property by explosion as party to a crime. The men are thought to have acted together in two explosions at Mathy Construction asphalt plant July 4, 2015. 

District Attorney Matthew Tingstad, as well as special prosecutor Assistant Attorney General Richard Dufour out of Madison, are prosecutors in the case. 

Representing Matthew is William Appleton, Jr. While he qualifies for a public defender, Robert had yet to be appointed one.

“None were available, at least immediately,” the judge observed.

A preliminary hearing for Matthew was set for Aug. 30. 

Unwilling to the right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days, Robert’s preliminary hearing has been set for July 18. 

In another open case involving explosion threats, Robert’s attorney is Stephen Zuber of Superior. 

Both men are jailed on $250,000 cash bonds. Conviction would mean up to 40 years’ prison and $100,000 in fines on each count. 

In the other felony cases, Robert is awaiting a competency hearing after he allegedly threatened to blow up Marshfield Clinic in Mercer and for making threats in 2013 to blow up the Iron County Courthouse.

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