The man who caused the traffic redirection on highways 169 and 23 Tuesday, July 17, as well as the evacuation of several Milaca businesses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day has been officially charged in the incident.
Shannon Patrick Lemon, 41, of Zimmerman, faces one count of possessing an explosive/incendiary device. With his prior conviction of violent crimes, the charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and/or $100,000 in fines. Lemon has also been charged with possessing a dangerous weapon, article or substance, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 in fines.
Lemon was stopped for speeding just outside of Onamia that day, which drew attention from the North Central Drug Task Force after a 20-pound propane tank was identified in the vehicle. He was stopped again on Highway 23 north of Milaca Junction for erratic driving. A K-9 unit was called to conduct a walk-over of the vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, when agents discovered a tin can with the lid tapped on, Lemon admitted it was a bomb with kerosene, nails and gun powder.
During a search of Lemon’s Zimmerman residence, investigators found similar materials used in making the explosive device.
Lemon has prior felony convictions for domestic assault in 2011, second degree assault in 2001, and fifth degree assault in 2008.