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A Natrona County man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging he attacked another man with makeshift weapons, including a pickax and a spade.

Wade C. Miller entered pleas in Natrona County District Court to three felonies and a misdemeanor. He did not speak except to answer procedural questions and say, “not guilty.”

Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Miller in November and said he broke out a man’s glass patio door and attacked him with a pickax, a spade and a wooden post. The alleged victim was left with a bloodied hand and head, according to court documents.

The alleged attack happened after a resident of Okeepa Road spotted Miller urinating into a gas tank on the resident’s property, the documents state.

After the resident confronted the urinating man, Miller grabbed a pickax from the property and broke out the glass door, the documents allege. He entered the home and hit the resident, who shielded himself with his arm.

Miller dropped or discarded the pickax and hit the man with a fence post before picking up a spade, according to the documents. After the alleged victim yelled “gun!” Miller left.

Miller is facing three counts of aggravated assault and battery and a misdemeanor battery charge in the case.

Miller remained free on bond Thursday morning.

Another man was at the scene of the alleged attack but cooperated with authorities and has not been charged.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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