Meadville man charged with making Monday’s bomb threat to courts

May 1—By Mike Crowley

and Keith Gushard

A Meadville man is charged with three felony counts for an alleged bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the Crawford County Judicial Center on Monday morning.

Douglas Stephon McClure was arraigned late Tuesday morning earlier than Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino on one depend every of bomb threats, terroristic threats and prison use of a communication facility filed by Meadville Police Department.

Police accuse McClure, 40, of the 1100 block of Market Street, of phoning the judicial middle simply earlier than 9 a.m. Monday, saying there was a bomb within the constructing.

“It’s going to blow the (expletive) up,” McClure allegedly stated through the name, in accordance to the prison grievance filed within the case.

As a results of the alleged threat, all judicial middle workers, in addition to members of the general public within the constructing on the time, had been evacuated for about two hours as a precaution.

No proof of a suspected bomb was discovered by authorities both inside or exterior the constructing and no accidents had been reported, Crawford County Sheriff Dave Powers advised The Meadville Tribune on Monday.

The judicial middle reopened at 11 a.m., as did the neighboring Crawford County Courthouse, with each buildings resuming regular operations and no different incidents reported.

McClure really was scheduled to be within the judicial middle Monday morning for the decision of the May prison trial checklist, Chief Michael Stefanucci of Meadville Police Department stated.

McClure is due to face trial in county courtroom on drug prices filed by metropolis police final 12 months for an alleged incident within the metropolis on April 4, 2023, in accordance to courtroom paperwork.

The name of the prison trial checklist is held about two weeks earlier than the beginning of a trial time period to assessment the standing of unresolved prison instances with defendants and their attorneys.

“He didn’t make it,” Stefanucci stated, “but the bomb threat did.”

Police had been ready to take McClure into custody with out incident round 4 p.m. Monday at his girlfriend’s house off Willow Street on the Fairmont Apartments, Stefanucci stated.

McClure was positioned within the Crawford County jail, Saegertown, on a bench warrant issued by the courtroom after he allegedly missed his required county courtroom look Monday morning.

The alleged bomb threat name originated from the house, in accordance to the chief.

The name was traced via cellphone data and IP (web protocol) addresses, Stefanucci stated. He declined to elaborate additional on investigative strategies used or who was the proprietor of the cellphone used to make the decision.

“There is the possibility of other people being charged,” he stated. “It’s not for sure, but definitely it’s not ruled out.”

McClure stays in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail awaiting a preliminary listening to within the case May 14, in accordance to courtroom data.

Mike Crowley will be reached at (814) 72-6370. or by e-mail at [email protected]. Keith Gushard will be reached at (814) 724-6370 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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