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      Man who allegedly threatened tubers requests new judge

      The Florence County man who allegedly threatened tubers with a firearm was scheduled for an appearance in court Tuesday, but he has instead requested a new judge.

      Seventy-year-old Gary Bovee allegedly threatened people tubing on the Pine River on August 9. He faces 12 counts of intentionally pointing a firearm at a person and one count of disorderly conduct. He was not in court Tuesday as he has requested a new judge for his case.

      "Once the substitute of judge was filed; then we could no longer have the initial appearance," says Florence County District Attorney Doug Drexler. "We had to stop the case. The case then goes to the court administrator who then will appoint a new judge. That judge is contact and there'll be an initial appearance set up with that new judge."

      Witnesses of the event say Bovee claimed he was the "King of America" and that the river was his.