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Wis. man with unusual name is charged in Iowa

  • Associated Press
  • August 17, 2013 - 6:35 PM

MADISON, Wis. — A Madison man whose unusual name drew national attention last year after he was arrested for marijuana possession now faces drug charges in Iowa.

Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop, 32, was arrested last month in Iowa's Washington County, the Wisconsin State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1bGQdnt ). He remained in the county jail Saturday on felony drug charges.

Zopittybop-bop-bop, who goes by Beezow, was booked into jail as Jeffrey D. Wilschke. That's the name on his driver's license, even though he legally changed his name in 2011.

Washington County deputies stopped Beezow on July 20 after the minivan he was driving was allegedly seen weaving between lanes. Deputies said they seized 0.6 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from Beezow and his passenger.

Beezow is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation of a motor vehicle without registration. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 17.

Beezow achieved unintentional fame after he was arrested for drug possession in Madison in 2012. The arrest drew national attention to his name, which became fodder for TV anchors and late-night talk show hosts.

Beezow has spent time in Wisconsin's mental-health system. He had disputed his diagnosis of schizophrenia but said he suffers from severe depression and post-traumatic stress from abuse he suffered on the street while homeless.

He told the State Journal last year that his first name represents "the explosion of awareness of the interconnectedness of the infinite love in the universe." Doo-doo "is the struggle of our daily lives with that awareness, that with love comes chaos."

He said Zopittybop-bop-bop represents "the outcome of that struggle, which is often ironic, especially because all life ends in death."

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