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Shifler waives hearing

Former cop accused of making threats

Former cop accused of making threats

February 24, 2006|By PEPPER BALLARD

Former Hagerstown Police Department Officer Jeffrey Scott Shifler, who is charged with making threats against public officials and institutions after he was fired from the department, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

Shifler, 41, of 13934 Green Mountain Drive in Maugansville, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday, Feb. 27, in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, said Vickie LeDuc, an assistant U.S. attorney and spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court Feb. 9 ? the day of his arrest ? alleges that Shifler violated 18 U.S. codes by making telephone and mail threats between March 11, 2004, and Feb. 4.

He was in the custody of The U.S. Marshals Service at an undisclosed corrections facility, LeDuc said Thursday.

Shifler, who was an officer with the Boonsboro Police Department at the time of his arrest, has been suspended from that department without pay.

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The FBI arrested Shifler on allegations he made 14 anonymous telephone calls and sent at least nine anonymous letters that contained threats, insults or false crime reports between March 2004 and February, according to the criminal complaint.

Threats targeted five public officials, schools, public office buildings and low-income housing complexes, according to the criminal complaint.

Shifler was fired from the Hagerstown Police Department in November 2003 for falsifying payroll records. The alleged threats began four months after he was fired.

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