BLANCHESTER —A Blanchester man was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing after police say he twice threatened “serious bodily harm” to the county dog warden.
Clinton County Dog Warden Rex Doak responded Wednesday to a dog-at-large call in the mobile home park at 800 E. Center St., Blanchester.
According to Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt, Doak found a dog named Patches running loose in the park, and knew the dog to belong to Fred McDaniel, 48, who resides in the park.
“Doak had previously warned McDaniel about allowing his dog to run loose,” said Reinbolt. “When Doak could not locate McDaniel at home, he took the dog and left McDaniel a phone message informing him of that fact.”
When Doak arrived at work Thursday morning, he found a voicemail message from McDaniel in which “McDaniel threatened him with seriously bodily harm if he had, in fact, taken Patches,” Reinbolt said.
Doak reported the threat to the police department late Thursday morning, and Blanchester police went to McDaniel’s home.
“McDaniel repeated the threat against Doak to the officers” and was arrested, Reinbolt said. He is currently in the Clinton County jail.
McDaniel, who Reinbolt said “has an extensive criminal record”, will answer the misdemeanor charge in the Clinton County Municipal Court.