Charges filed in Florence Co. tubers incident

Gary Bovee
Gary Bovee (Florence Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

FLORENCE – A man who allegedly threatened tubers on the Pine River Oxbow has been charged with 13 misdemeanor counts, include a dozen of intentionally pointing a firearm at a person.

Tubers were floating on the river in Commonwealth Township Aug. 9, when the Gary Bovee, 70, allegedly appeared from shore. He told them the river belonged to him and that he was “King of America.”

Sheriff’s officials says Bovee then pointed a shotgun at the group as they floated by. The suspect also confronted other groups of tubers.

Deputies took Bovee into custody along with a two guns and 280 rounds of ammunition.

In court Tuesday, a $10,000 bond was set for Bovee. He was also ordered not to have any contact with the victims or DNR agents. He was ordered not to go onto any DNR property. He was ordered not to drink or possess alcohol, not go into a bar or tavern and not have a gun. He was also ordered to take all medications as prescribed.

Court records listed Bovee’s address as Cottage Grove, near Madison.

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