New Castle News


April 11, 2014

Man jailed for knife threats

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle resident has been arrested for allegedly pulling a knife on two people.

Union Township police charged Harry Boatner Jr., 64, of Skyview Towers in connection with Thursday’s incident. District Judge Scott McGrath committed him to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

A woman who works as a rental coordinator reported to police that she had been taking pictures at a house on West Washington Street with a man who had just bought the property.

She said that while she and the man were in the basement, Boatner entered the basement and said they need to turn on the heat. He then pulled a camouflage knife on them, they told officers, and they went outside and called police.

The man said Boatner told him he was going to kill him.

Officers said Boatner smelled of alcohol and was uncooperative and belligerent as they arrested him and at the police station.

Boatner then allegedly threatened to shoot the police officers and their families.

He is charged with six counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and similar misconduct.

Boatner was arraigned before District Judge Scott A. McGrath. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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