Famed local landscape artist Nicholas Oberling faces a criminal endangerment charge in Flathead County District Court for allegedly wiring his significant other’s shower soap dish to deliver electrical shocks.
Oberling was listed as in the county jail as of late afternoon Tuesday after being booked over the weekend. According to court documents, authorities arrested him after responding to a June 23 report of an assault at a U.S. 2 building in Hungry Horse.
Deputies with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office found a partially exposed wire running from a soap dish in the home’s shower through a drywall patch and toward an outlet on the other side, court documents said. At that end, the wire was bent around another set of partially stripped wires that were plugged into an outlet.
The woman who met deputies at the door identified herself as Oberling’s soon-to-be ex-significant other. She told deputies that she received a “big shock” when she reached for her soap while taking a shower earlier. When she grabbed it with her other hand, she got shocked again, according to court documents.
Dropping the soap to the bottom of the shower, she noticed the wire running into the soap dish, she said.
She reported calling Oberling soon after. Oberling allegedly came over and admitted to trying to shock her. He then tried to take her phone, leading to a fight, she told deputies.
You can read the entire unbelievable story here. By DERRICK PERKINS (Daily Interlake)