Man Accused Of Threatening Incoming Oxford County Sheriff
A Mexico, Maine man is charged with terrorizing for allegedly making threats against the new Sheriff of Oxford County.
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the investigation that resulted in the arrest of 56-year-old Joseph Salatka began Thursday morning with a phone call to the State Fire Marshall's Office in Augusta. A staffer says they received a phone call from a man who was threatening the life of incoming Sheriff James Theriault. The new Oxford County Sheriff had just been appointed by the Governor earlier that week to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Sheriff Wayne Gallant.
Both the Fire Marshall's Office and the State Police are located in the same building, so the staff alerted the police about the call. Theriault was also told about the alleged threat. Troopers were able to track the call to Salatka because his phone number appeared on the staffer's Caller ID.
Salatka was arrested Thursday afternoon while walking on Roxbury Road in Rumford, a short distance from his home, and was in possession of an air pistol. He was taken to the Oxford County Jail.