York man gets probation for threatening dispatchers, obstructing officers

YORK – Charles Joseph, 54, of York, has been sentenced to probation in cases involving his threatening dispatchers and obstructing police officers.

He was charged late last year with two counts of terroristic threats and resisting arrest after repeatedly calling 911, threatening dispatchers and officers. Then, months later, he was accused of six new counts, unrelated to the first case, involving the assault of officers, more terroristic threats, abuse of a vulnerable adult, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and obstructing a police officer.

Last summer, it was determined he was competent to stand trial and was brought back to the York County Jail from the Lincoln Regional Center where he was evaluated.

In the first case, he was accused of non-stop calling the emergency communications center, reporting that his cell phone would not work and he demanded law enforcement fix his phone. He also told dispatchers he was going to “kick her a**” and “if he did not get what he wanted, he was going to kill people,” according to court documents.

Officers went to his apartment in the 200 Block of North Lincoln Avenue with the intention of arresting him for terroristic threats. It was alleged Joseph began pushing back from the cruiser, refusing to go inside and struggling with officers. It is also alleged that while at the York County Jail, Joseph continued to make threats against the officers and jail staff, saying he had “family in Hells Angels and was going to have them take (the officers) out.”

In the second case, he was charged with six felonies.

As part of a plea agreement, he has pleaded no contest to abuse of a vulnerable adult, a Class 3A felony, obstructing an officer, a Class 1 misdemeanor and terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony.

This past week, he was sentenced to three years of traditional probation. He was also sentenced to three 30-day stints in jail, in the future, which can be waived if he is found to be in compliance with the terms of his probation.


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