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Friday, August 5, 2011

Appeals Court Decision Confirms Troopers Drake & Rothermell Not Liable In Boothby Arrest

Photo above by James Jones on Sept. 5, 2008 when a bomb squad from the City of Erie was called to Roulette for a suspected bomb that was found in Potter County Human Services building on North Street in Roulette. James Boothby, a former Human Services employee was arrested as a result of the incident.

Appeals Court Upholds Coudersport Troopers

The United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, issued a decision yesterday in an appeal filed on behalf of James Boothby, a retired Potter County Human Services employee, who was arrested as a result of a fake pipe bomb that was found in his former office on a day that he was to return to PCHS to retrieve his personal belongings from the building.

The incident shut down the County offices for most of the day, and resulted in evacuations of nearby residents and traffic detours in the village of Roulette.

State Policemen Glen C. Drake II and Jacob Rothermel who arrested Boothby as a result of that incident were sued in federal court by Boothby and previously found not to be liable. The appeal, decided yesterday, was filed on July 14, 2011, and has been decided in favor of Drake & Rothermel.

Click on this LINK to see the entire story on LEAGLE.


Anonymous said...

Great news! Just doing their job.

Anonymous said...

This whole episode shows how poorly run the agency is. I remember commissioner Morely heaping praise on the admisistrator for how it was handled, but that just shows how little he knows about what goes on there and how to handle a bomb scare.
One of the directors handled the device, and she admitted to this mistake. That's not a big deal, but what could have been a real problem is the fact that a phone call had to be made offsite before evacuation began. That's inexcusable, but understandable if someone in charge isn't in the building. In the time it takes to locate someone rather than designating an onsite authority, people could have died if the device was real.
When a suspected bomb or threat is detected, evacuation needs to begin immediately, orderly, and without delay. When directors come and go without staff knowledge there are times when the employees operate blindly. That can be deadly.
Good decision by the appeals court. Boothy's lucky to be receiving retirement benefits.

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Anonymous said...

I wonder if this will be on the front page of the Potter Leader too. Maybe they'll get into who told Boothby to sue and told him what attorney to hire........

Anonymous said...

Boothby was set up. Maybe he should sue for false accusation against the person who "found" this devise. Seems it was all orchestrated very well. To 4:22 post - he is entitled to those benefits and is rightly receiving them.