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Defendant incompetent — for now — in suspended Mercer explosion threat case

July 23, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

Last year after a Kimball man threatened to “blow up” a Mercer Marshfield Clinic, sheriff’s deputies arrested him and he was jailed. 

Still behind bars in Iron County, Robert “Barrell” Gollubske, 81, was in court last Wednesday where his attorney, Stephen Zuber, argued his client was incompetent to stand trial. Gollubske himself expressed his desire to be found incompetent in front of substitute judge, Kevin Kline of Price County. 

An evaluation for competent state of Gollubske was ordered a few months ago and completed, evidence which was provided to the court. No other evidence was entered into the record. 

District Attorney Matthew Tingstad argued competency could be regained. 

Kline, after several hours, found Gollubske incompetent.

Tingstad noted civil proceedings were likely to be pursued in addition to an order Gollubske take prescribed medications and be reviewed every three months until considered competent. 

Zuber noted his client does not like to take the medications due to side effects and has been refusing them.

Kline noted while suspended, the criminal case is not dismissed.

Civil matters are yet to be determined or filed. 

The felony terrorist threat and misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges will be reviewed in three, six then nine months.

In another criminal case in Iron County, filed just weeks ago, Gollubske is charged along with his son, Matthew Gollubske, 38, for causing an explosion at Iron County asphalt plant several years ago. Those include charges of felony damage to property by explosion as party to a crime. State prosecutors are trying that joint case. 

Both men are jailed on $250,000 cash bonds. 

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