AlliedNews.com - Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

November 9, 2013

Courthouse threat traced in 2 hours

Sharpsville woman charged

MERCER — County authorities credit modern technology for tracing a phone call that threatened county judges and indicated a bomb was in the Mercer County Courthouse.

At about 11:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Margie Small was arrested at her Shenango St., Sharpsville, home, according to Jeff Greenburg, county public information officer. She was held in Mercer County Jail until she was charged with terroristic threats and harassment in Judge Lorinda L. Hinch’s district court.

According to a news release: At about 9 a.m. Monday, a courthouse employee answered a call from a woman making threats against judges and who indicated that a bomb was in the building. The employee relayed the information to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, who with the county emergency management agency and commissioners agreed that the threat would be treated as credible. The courthouse was evacuated and closed while K-9 units from the sheriff’s office, New Castle Police and Beaver County Sheriff’s Office searched for explosives, which are part of Region 13’s explosive K-9 detection program.

Greenburg stayed outside with a handful of other officials while the bomb dogs searched the building, while most of the other courthouse employees went home, he said. “If they left their car keys inside, they had someone come pick them up ... or they went to one of the other county buildings,” Greenburg said.

At about 11:30 a.m., officials determined no explosives were present.

“After the building was cleared, they started allowing people to go back in around noon,” Greenburg said. The courthouse re-opened to the public at 1 p.m.

Deputies and the county’s management information systems department – which oversees all of its computer and phone networks – tracked the call to Sharpsville, Greenburg said.

Mercer County Sheriff Gary A. Hartman would not say specifically why Small called in the bomb threat.

“A bigger part of the problem is mental health issues,” Hartman said. “But that doesn’t negate the criminal aspect.”

Small’s neighbor, Maggie Myers, said she has clashed with the family in the past and Small has called many places with complaints. Small called The Herald Friday and claimed that she had seen a transit bus driver taking pictures of her grandchild and other kids on a regular basis close to her home.

During the phone call, she said she was banned from the transit unless she wrote them a letter of apology.

Small’s preliminary hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7.

The Blair County courthouse in Hollidaysburg received a similar threat  Friday that was determined to be a hoax.

Herald Staff Writer Melissa Klaric contributed to this report, which was published Oct. 30, 2013.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • IDC speaker Route 208 area keeps growing

    The Route 208 corridor that encompasses Grove City and Pine and Springfield townships was the main focus at Friday’s annual meeting of the 79-80 Interstate Development Corp., its members learning more about current and potential projects.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drilling permits, 14 violations recorded

    Fourteen violations and multiple permits for gas and oil drilling were issued over the past month, according to records detailing activities in and around the Allied News coverage area.

    April 18, 2014

  • Winter's chilling cost

    Grove City Borough Council will be considering options to pass along a $200,000 electric bill to residents – maybe.

    April 18, 2014

  • pryts,monica-headshot.jpg Allied coverage wins 2 press awards

    Allied News and The Herald garnered awards in the annual Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • grilling organic chicken.jpg Connections made for the future of local foods

    Representatives of Sustainable Slippery Rock and the Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative, along with community members, came together Wednesday night to exchange ideas about area food systems and raise awareness of local sustainability.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • holocaust speaker1.jpg Finding good in the darkest time

    Paul Bartrop works hard to find the good - accounts of heroism and selfless acts - in one of the most evil events known to mankind: the Holocaust.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • College to raze old middle school

    At 101 years old, the former Grove City Middle School will soon be razed.
    Last summer, Grove City College purchased the middle school at 130 E. Main St. from Grove City Area School District. It was built in 1913.

    April 16, 2014

  • Board sets calendar, make-up days

    Slippery Rock school directors on Monday set the calendar for the 2014-15 school year and scheduled the remaining two snow make-up days for students.

    April 16, 2014

  • goalball trio2.jpg Sports group serves blind, visually impaired

    A non-profit organization based at Slippery Rock University that serves blind and visually-impaired children is gearing up for its spring sports clinic, among other events and fundraisers that keep participants and organizers busy year-round.

    April 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • girl scouts2.jpg Sold!

    Sold!

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide