Local woman arrested after terroristic threats


BUCKHANNON — One local woman has been arrested after allegedly making terroristic threats toward those in St. Joseph’s Hospital on Saturday, March 26.

According to court documentation, Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Cole Bender responded to WVU Medicine’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, located at 1 Amelia Drive in Buckhannon, in reference to a domestic situation. Upon arriving to the hospital, Deputy Bender was advised by hospital staff that the defendant, later identified as Joyce Ann Wahl, age 39, had allegedly stated she was going to “bomb this place and kill everyone inside.”

The criminal complaint stated that after collecting statements from the staff, who witnessed the situation, Deputy Bender located the defendant walking along Brushy Fork Road. The defendant was placed under arrest and transported back to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Bender noted that during the arrest, the defendant allegedly asked, “Isn’t that freedom of speech?” after stating that all she said was she wanted to burn the place to the ground.

Wahl is being detained at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond and has been charged with one count of terroristic threats, which according to W. Va. Code 61-6-24 (b) is willfully threatening to commit terroristic act or acts with or without the intent to commit the act.

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