Charges bound over in threat against judge
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
FACTORYVILLE – Charges were bound over to county court last Wednesday for a 40-year-old Monroe Township who allegedly made terroristic threats against Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith.
Douglas L. Cook waived his rights to a preliminary hearing and remains in jail on $500,000 bail.
According to court documents, Judge Smith said he was very concerned aver two voice mail messages sent to a personal cell phone, allegedly by a Douglas L. Cook.
A criminal complaint notes that Smith’s only dealing with Cook, was as a result of five separate criminal cases which were filed through the State Police Tunkhannock barracks for harassment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
The complaint quotes Smith saying, “I know who he is, but my only contact with him was through my court. He’s always plead guilty to all his charges. He’s never had a hearing. It’s pretty clear that he’s upset with me for some reason I don’t know.”
One of the voice mail messages, according to the complaint sated, “I’ll screw your bloody f—ing head off.”
Cook was arraigned on Friday, Sept. 14, before Judge David Plummer, on one felony charge of aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of simple assault, terroristic threats, stalking and harassment.
All of the charges were bound over to county court where Cook is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 7.