By Jefferson Robbins/ The Wenatchee World
LEAVENWORTH — A Wenatchee man is accused of showing off a flare gun and threatening to start a fire at Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat, and to blow up the home of its owner.
Edward L. Jeglum, 63, was charged Tuesday with threats to bomb or injure property after a Jan. 31 stay at the rural Leavenworth resort, where he allegedly displayed a flare pistol he carried under his coat and told staffers he would start “one hell of a bonfire” on the front lawn, according to police affidavits.
Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said Jeglum also harassed and tried to hug a worker in the resort’s Kingfisher Restaurant during his visit, and told her he was going to blow up the home of Harriet Bullitt, owner of Sleeping Lady.
Deputies said Jeglum left the resort before they arrived. They found his room empty except for an orange and black flare gun tucked under a pillow, with four extra flares.
Jeglum has been awaiting trial since 2013 on a charge of theft, in which he was accused of stealing a former girlfriend’s cell phone during a domestic dispute. He was arrested Feb. 5 for allegedly violating the no-contact order brought in that case, after the woman and other witnesses said Jeglum followed them in his vehicle and approached the restaurant where they were lunching.
Wenatchee police pulled Jeglum over as he was leaving the parking lot of the restaurant. He was charged Tuesday with stalking and two counts of violating a domestic violence protective order, in addition to the Sleeping Lady charge.