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PSP: Trooper missing hearing was a mix-up
It was a misunderstanding that caused state police to miss the preliminary hearing of a Windsor Township man accused of threatening to shoot troopers and blow up their barracks in Loganville, police said.
"It was a mix-up on our part," said Trooper Ed Asbury, a state police spokesman. "It does happen once in a while."
Asbury noted that Thursday's preliminary hearing for Edward Gene Law was continued. It is now scheduled for 2:15 p.m. May 26, according to court records.
Law, 42, of 51 W. Main St., is charged with threatening to use weapons of mass destruction, making terroristic threats and driving with a suspended license with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.02 percent, according to charging documents.
Because the trooper didn't show up, public defender Catherine Himes requested a dismissal, according to presiding District Judge John H. Fishel, who said he declined to grant a dismissal because of the nature of Law's charges.
Senior deputy prosecutor R.J. Fisher participated in that meeting by phone, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.
Fishel said he was compelled to reduce Law's $250,000 bail to $1 nominal bail, but the judge ordered Law's bail to be supervised, meaning he can't be released until probation officers review his circumstances and approve a supervision plan. If he is released, he will be monitored by the probation department.
The background: According to charging documents filed April 2, Law was overheard by family members saying he had a handgun that he planned to use to shoot state troopers and had access to high explosives he intended to use to blow up the state police barracks in Loganville.
Law also stated that if he could get more ammunition, he would use it to kill more troopers, according to documents.
Troopers called to Law's home by his family were told Law had a 9 mm gun and six bullets. He said he was going to use each bullet to kill a different state trooper because he was angry about a previous arrest for drunken driving, documents state. The threats were made March 31 and April 1, charging documents allege.
State troopers issued a BOLO — be on the lookout — for Law, who had already left his home by the time troopers had arrived to speak with his family. Police in Cumberland Township, Adams County, located Law driving in their jurisdiction and arrested him.
According to the documents, he was highly intoxicated at the time of his arrest. He remains charged in Adams County with DUI.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.