Appleton man threatens to raze house with family inside

By Juliette Laaka | May 30, 2014
Courtesy of: Knox County Jail Marty Hewlett.

Rockland — A 48-year-old Appleton man, on post-conviction conditions, threatened to nail the doors shut and raze a house with his relatives inside because he was angry with them about the use of a vehicle, said police.

Marty Hewlett was arrested on charges of terrorizing, harassment by telephone, and violating conditions of release May 29, after victims reported his threatening behavior to police because they were afraid for their children and grandchildren, according to an affidavit filed by Knox County Sheriff Deputy Nathaniel Jack.

Hewlett arrived at court for a separate hearing, was apprehended by state marshals, and taken to the Knox County Jail.

Hewlett told the victims earlier this month he would kill them when he returned from Alaska, and would bring his friends with him. The threats originated because he was upset a car, not owned by him, was being used by other family members, said court papers.

Police said Hewlett was intoxicated when he made the threatening calls.

At his arraignment May 30, no bail was allowed on violation of the older cases, with the condition the decision be reviewable upon appointment of counsel. Bail was set at $1,000 cash on the new charges.

Hewlett will appear in court again July 17.

A motion to revoke his bail and the deferred disposition has been filed by the state.

Hewlett pleaded guilty in July 2013 to a domestic violence assault charge and was placed on an 18- month deferred disposition.

In the domestic violence assault case, Hewlett attacked a female victim, punching her in the face several times and choking her because another man had spoken with her at the bar, according to the victim's account. Hewlett then proceeded to contact her, asking her not to testify in court against him.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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