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Man chargedwith threats to judge

Published September 11. 2013 05:39PM

A Lake Harmony man has been charged with making threats on the life of a Carbon County district judge.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith has charged Todd Kowar, 45, of 297 Lake Drive, with terroristic threats and harassment.

According to Smith he received a report from county Detective Timothy Nothstein on Aug. 26 that an inmate at the county prision, while at a preliminary hearing at the office of DJ Joseph Homanko, of Weatherly, told his attorney that Kowar had made threats against the DJ while the two were in the county jail.

The inmate said Kowar threatened to kill Homanko because the judge presided over a civil matter in which he allegedly lost his home and also on the criminal matters for which he was currently in jail.

Smith interviewed the inmate at the county prison and he confirmed that he heard Kowar making the threats which he said he felt were very real. He also told Smith of another inmate that heard the threats. That inmate was interviewed and said he also heard the threats.

Smith then interviewed Kowar at the prison. Kowar stated Homanko did preside over a civil matter in which he lost his house and a criminal case. He claimed he only threatened to sue Homanko after his released from jail and denied ever threatening to kill the judge.

Smith then asked Kowar to make a written statement, which he refused. The charges were then filed.

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