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Rush man threatens court over child support

Published March 05. 2019 08:08AM


A Rush Township man found himself in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville last week after being unable to post bail on charges of making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

Edward J. Nesgoda, 51, was arraigned on the charges, filed by Frackville State Police, on Feb. 25 in the court of District Magisterial Judge Stephen Bayer.

According to the police report, Nesgoda was in a check out line at the Hometown Commons Walmart on Feb. 6, when he began yelling loudly, threatening to blow up the county courthouse and any state police that would get in his way. The clerk told police she didn’t know the customer’s name, but he came in to the store regularly. Troopers were able to get a photo of the man from surveillance footage and contacted police in Pottsville and Jim Thorpe about the threat.

Store employees were able to get a license plate number for police when Nesgoda returned to the store on Feb. 21.

Nesgoda has a history of being charged with making threats.

In 2002, Nesgoda made threats against the Schuylkill County Courthouse due to a child custody support order. Police executed a search warrant at his home and discovered 19 unregistered hand grenades, a grenade launcher, dozens of 37 mm “bird buster” cartridges and several illegally purchased firearms. He was tried on federal charges of creating a risk of bodily injury by destroying property, manufacturing unregistered destructive devices and witness intimidation. He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 120 months in jail.

In 2014, he pleaded guilty in Schuylkill County Court to a charges of simple assault and was sentenced to nine to 18 months in the county jail. Charges of terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct were dropped in plea negotiations. In that case, he had threatened to kill an uncle and burn down his house.

He was sentenced to 9 to 18 months in the Schuylkill County Prison.

In the newest case, Judge Bayer set bail at $50,000 straight cash.


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