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Surkamp gets 2nd phone threat

November 05, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Jefferson County Commissioner-elect Jim Surkamp has received his second telephone threat this week, police said Thursday.

Surkamp received the second threat at about 6:18 p.m. Wednesday when he retrieved a message from his cell phone, said Jesse Jones, chief deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Jones declined to say whether it was a death threat like the one that was sent to Surkamp on Sunday.

Police interviewed Surkamp Thursday morning to determine if the two phone calls were related, Jones said.

Surkamp declined to comment Thursday.

The death threat against Surkamp was made Sunday from a pay phone in Shepherdstown by a caller who left a message on Surkamp's cell phone, Deputy Victor Lupis said.

Surkamp said the call was made at 5:07 p.m. from a pay phone outside the Sheetz store along W.Va. 45.

Police were interested in looking at a store videotape system to see if the person who made the call could be seen on tape, Surkamp said.

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It was later determined that the store camera's viewing area does not reach to the pay phone, Surkamp said.

Surkamp, who defeated Republican Gary Phalen Tuesday in a race for the Shepherdstown seat on the commission, ran on a platform of controlled growth for the county. During the primary election, Surkamp referred to the expected residential growth in Jefferson County as "McMansion madness" and said the county was being transformed "into a monopoly gameboard controlled by the greed-driven few."

Jones said Thursday there are a number of charges that can be filed against someone in connection with a phone threat. One charge deals with making a phone threat to public officials, Jones said.

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