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Man charged with threatening Roddy, other official

| Wednesday, July 23, 2003, 12:00 p.m.

A Sheraden man has been charged with making threats against Allegheny County Chief Executive Jim Roddey and County Manager Bob Webb.

Arthur Lee Collins, 48, was jailed Tuesday on charges of making terroristic threats and harassment and stalking by communication, police said.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed to support the charges, Collins called the courthouse July 15 and threatened to kill Roddey and Webb. He repeated the threat against Roddey on Monday, the affidavit states.

County police Superintendent Ken Fulton said threats against any county official are taken seriously. Detectives arrested Collins at a Green Tree hotel Monday night, Fulton said.

"It is very unfortunate that people in public life occasionally experience this type of unpleasantness," Roddey said in a written statement.

Collins, who is unemployed, was lodged in the county jail on $10,000 bond. He faces a hearing Monday.

Collins has a history of arrests and convictions for domestic disputes and drunken driving, court records show. In 1999, he was charged with holding a woman at knifepoint.

During a hearing, he tried to "fire" Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning from presiding over the case and shouted that the judge was impeached.

While in jail awaiting trial, Collins was overheard threatening then-Gov. Tom Ridge, according to state police.

In that case, Manning ruled that Collins was incompetent to stand trial and sent him to Mayview State Hospital.

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