Judge alleges threatening messages

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

Wyoming County Press Examiner

A 40-year-old Monroe Township man is in jail on $500,000 bail after allegedly threatening Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith on Thursday, Sept. 13.

According to court documents, Judge Smith said he was very concerned after two voice mails sent to a personal cell phone, allegedly by 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.

A preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning did not take place and a new court date had not been set.