Volunteer fire chief charged with allegedly making threat
MONTGOMERY – Long-time Clinton Township Fire Chief Todd Winder faces charges for allegedly threatening an employee at the township building by telling her “I could burn the place down and shoot everyone,” according to state police.
Winder, 49, of McNett Road, has been charged with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment as a result of the alleged incident that occurred at 2106 Route 54 on March 5, Trooper Daniel Switzer said.
Winder came to the township building “to discuss the status of an inspection” that apparently was to take place at his home, Switzer said.
The man became upset when he was told “there was nothing more (the township) could do to hurry the process along,” Switzer said in an affidavit.
Winder then told township employee Janet Mincemoyer “I’m so pissed off I could burn the place down and shoot everyone,” Switzer alleged in the affidavit.
John Brezan, who was in the township building, tried “to talk” with Winder, but he kept interrupting him, Switzer said, adding that Winder then walked out. Court records did not state if Brezan was a township employee.
Mincemoyer related that Winder’s comment “did scare her because she didn’t know what he’s capable of (doing),” Switzer said.
Winder has been sent a summons to appear for a hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman.
Cory Bearly, president of the fire company, said the membership is aware of the charges.
“As it is a pending case, in the United States of America we are innocent until proven guilty,” said Bearly. “We are monitoring the situation but allowing that presumption of innocence to stand.”