82 year old Robert “Barrel Bob” Gollubske incompetent to stand trial

Written by on July 12, 2019

HURLEY – The Kimball man accused of making threats in a pair of Iron County cases was found not competent to stand trial in an Iron County courtroom yesterday.  Price County Judge Kevin Klein who is presiding over the two cases ruled 82 year old Robert “Barrel Bob” Gollubske, not competent based on a report from the Wisconsin Forensic Unit, suspending the two criminal cases that were the subject of yesterday’s hearing.  Gollubske is facing two counts of making threats to commit injury and one count of making terroristic threats in one of the cases. In that case, Gollubske is charged with threatening to blow up both the Iron County Courthouse in Hurley in 2013 and the Northwoods Paving (Mathy Construction) asphalt plant in Kimball in 2016. The courthouse threat count was refiled after having been previously dismissed.  In a separate case, Gollubske is charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. These charges stem from a August 2018 incident at the Marshfield Clinic in Mercer. In this case, Gollubske allegedly said, “I can blow this place up and get away with it,” after getting upset at being denied an appointment, according to a probable cause statement in the case.  With Thursday’s ruling, the two cases are put on hold while a civil proceeding is held to determine the best course of treatment in an attempt to restore Gollubske’s competency. Klein ordered Gollubske reassessed in 3, 6, 9 and 11 months to assess whether his condition has changed.  Although the results aren’t certain, the report indicates the nature of Gollubske’s disorder makes it unlikely he will improve enough for the criminal cases to resume.  Gollubske — along with his son, 38 year old Matthew Allen Gollubske, are charged with two counts of being a party to the crime of using explosives to damage property in connection to the 2015 bombing of Mathy Construction’s asphalt plant in Kimball. Gollubske has long complained about the plant and the impact its operations were having on his family and their nearby property. The plant was the subject of Gollubske’s alleged 2016 threat and prosecutors allege the threat to the courthouse came as the result of Gollubske feeling the sheriff’s department failed to act on his complaints about the plant.  Judge Klein ordered the civil proceeding to decide how to move forward with the two threat cases and that they be held within a “reasonable” amount of time, but no date was set.

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