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Monday, September 8, 2008

Preliminary Hearing Scheduled Thursday For Boothby

WFRM NEWS: A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for this coming Thursday morning before District Judge Barbara Easton for 55 year old Jim Boothby of Coudersport who is charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, terroristic threats, and disorderly conduct in connection to a fake bomb incident Friday which caused an evacuation of the Potter County Human Services Building on North Street in Roulette and the surrounding neighborhood.

Bomb Squads from Erie and Harrisburg arrived on scene several hours after a suspicious looking item was found in Boothby’s former office. The item was blown up by members of the squads and was found not to contain explosive material.

A bomb sniffing dog cleared another item found outside the building and turned up nothing inside.

An “all clear” was given at 2:15 p.m. and residents of the area were allowed to begin returning home.

Boothby had been employed as director of the county’s Mental Health/Mental Retardation program but had been suspended with pay in July when officials learned he had been charged by Coudersport Borough police with animal cruelty for leaving four cats unattended for an undetermined amount of time. Their bodies were found by the landlord this past spring.

Boothby in August asked for permission to retire, which was granted. He was instructed to report to the building on Friday to turn over a cell phone and laptop computer belonging to the county and to pick up his personal belongings.

But according to County Commissioner Susan Kefover who oversees, Human Services, the device was discovered and the building had been evacuated before Boothby arrived.

Kefover met with PCHS employees today to review the incident and counseling was reportedly being offered to those employees who felt traumatized by the incident.

She told WFRM that the evacuation went smoothly and said the members of the Roulette Fire Department had been very helpful while giving shelter to the evacuees.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again!Did we not elect 3 commissioners to oversee Potter County government.How in the world do these people keep ending up in charge of overseeing things as individuals.Isn't that what happened in a past election?The voters found out that the candidates, (if elected) were going to put someone else in charge of overseeing things?They didn't make it.You were elected to oversee as a group, with 3 opinions,discussions,and then a concensus.....I thought the Potter County Commissioners were in charge of Human Services.

Anonymous said...

Did the preliminary hearing happen? If so, what is the word?

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Anonymous said...

Here we go again!Did we not elect 3 commissioners to oversee Potter County government.How in the world do these people keep ending up in charge of overseeing things as individuals.Isn't that what happened in a past election?The voters found out that the candidates, (if elected) were going to put someone else in charge of overseeing things?They didn't make it.You were elected to oversee as a group, with 3 opinions,discussions,and then a concensus.....I thought the Potter County Commissioners were in charge of Human Services.

Anonymous said...

Did the preliminary hearing happen? If so, what is the word?