Video shows alleged threat at Conewago Twp. building
- Police arrested Chad Stoner twice in less than 24 hours, both for incidents at the Conewago Twp. building.
- Police allege Stoner disrupted a township meeting on Aug. 3, then made a threat the next day at the building.
- Defense attorney Farley Holt said Stoner's free-speech rights are being violated.
The girlfriend of a Conewago Township man jailed after police accused him of threatening township officials has made public a video of the incident.
"What I want is for people to watch the video and judge for themselves what they think is going on," said Emily Winand, whose boyfriend is Chad Michael Stoner. "The facts are the facts."
Stoner has been clashing with township supervisors and Northern York County Regional Police for nearly two years, his attorney said. Officers have twice filed charges against him this month based on those encounters.
Winand alleges the clashes are happening because Stoner is collecting information about the township. She confirmed Stoner was raised in Conewago Township.
"A year or so ago he started getting more involved in the township," she said.
The video: Winand recorded the video Aug. 4 as she and Stoner walked inside the Conewago Township building and spoke with township manager Lou Anne Bostic.
Stoner asked Bostic to provide him with a certified letter stating whether township meetings are being audio recorded and told her he has heard conflicting information about that. Bostic replied that she's not recording the meetings.
Then Stoner asked to be placed on the agenda for the next township supervisors meeting regarding "official corruption between the Northern Regionals and Lorreta Wilhide ... and Lorreta Wilhide's clear and present prejudicial attacks that she is taking upon me."
Wilhide is chairwoman of Conewago Township supervisors.
Stoner clarified that "attacks" might not be a "good word," then told Bostic:
"I have a feeling — now this is just my personal belief — I think if she continues to act in the way she is, I think Houston, Texas, is gonna turn into Conewago Township."
Bostic replied, "I'm not asking."
Stoner — who police said had a handgun and a large sheath knife strapped to him at the time — then said, "That's where they shot all them cops."
Before leaving the township building, Stoner, who had been arrested the night before and removed from a township meeting, asked Bostic to deliver a message to Wilhide:
"Call Lorreta and let her know I'm out," he said, then laughed. "Oh, that's just lovely!"
'Legitimate threat': After Stoner left, Bostic called 911 and told police the statement made her very uncomfortable and that she "thought the comment was a legitimate threat," according to charging documents.
Albert Neufeld Jr., the township's zoning and codes-enforcement officer, told officers he heard Stoner make the statement and said that based on Stoner's demeanor, Neufeld also believed it was a legitimate threat, documents state.
Officers reviewed security footage from the township building and determined the large revolver in the holster Stoner was wearing "appeared to be a real firearm," documents allege.
Police filed a firearms charge against Stoner alleging he violated the state's concealed-weapons law when he got into his car with the gun on his hip, according to Stoner's defense attorney, Farley Holt.
Gun at issue: Holt told The York Dispatch he now has the gun in question, and it's not a firearm. It's a CO2-propelled gun that fires rubber balls and pepper balls, and it is less lethal than a pellet gun, according to Holt.
Holt also said Stoner never threatened to shoot police.
"He's basically saying unless things change ... bad things are going to happen," the attorney said. "Not that he's going to do bad things."
Stoner, 28, of 910 Copenhaffer Road, is charged with making terroristic threats and carrying a firearm without a license. He remains in York County Prison on $35,000 bail. However, he cannot be released even if he posts bail in this case because on Friday, bail in his unrelated stalking case was revoked, according to court records.
The night before: Northern Regional Police were called to the township building about 7:15 p.m. Aug. 3, by Wilhide, who reported Stoner was causing a disturbance at the meeting.
Stoner began speaking during the public-comment section of the meeting but was stopped and told to speak at the microphone. (Either he or someone with him recorded the exchange and posted it on YouTube.)
"I find that arbitrary, and I don't want to do it," he said.
Stoner repeatedly declined to walk to the microphone and eventually told Wilhide she could not interrupt public comment.
'Jack-booted thugs': When Wilhide responded she believed she could, Stoner took umbrage.
"No, you can't," he told her. "I will not allow you to continue on. You better call your jack-booted thugs and have 'em get over here."
Wilhide then called a recess, prompting Stoner to reply, "Let's do it."
A Northern Regional officer arrived and arrested Stoner, who is being charged with disrupting a public meeting and disorderly conduct.
'Long history': "There's a long history. ... I can say there was ill will on both sides that led up to this," Holt said. "But he's in jail for expressing his First Amendment rights — his political free speech."
Bostic and Wilhide have not returned phone messages seeking comment; nor has township solicitor Timothy Bupp.
When his bail was set on the alleged threat case, Stoner was ordered to have no contact whatsoever with any township employees, to refrain from entering any township property including the township building, to refrain from entering Northern Regional's police station and to refrain from having any contact with any victims or witnesses in his criminal cases, according to the office of District Judge David Eshbach.
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