Threat brings police to G-SACH
THARPTOWN - A reported threat that brought a large police presence to the Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital (G-SACH) campus Friday afternoon ended quickly and no one was charged.
The situation appeared much more serious at first, particularly in light of the developments in Boston on Friday, but the commotion was over within the hour.
An unidentified man was interviewed and released by Coal Township Police after he allegedly threatened his wife while she was being treated at the emergency room.
Police said no weapons were found, and a hospital spokesman said no employees or patients were in danger.
Police did not release the names of either the husband or wife.
The husband is said to have become upset and left the hospital after a group of his wife's friends visited her in the emergency room. He allegedly then called his wife and spoke to both she and her friend while they were still at the hospital, and allegedly threatened to return with a gun, police said.
The threat was reported at 1:19 p.m. Although initial reports over the emergency scanner indicated the ER was on lockdown, a hospital spokesman said that was never the case. Patients and employees were observed entering and exiting the facility while officers were on scene.
Still, there was a strong police presence at the facility, with some officers stationed at the entrance to the ER and others set up at Hospital Road and Kelley Drive to check vehicles approaching and leaving the facility.
Officers located the husband in Mount Carmel Township within the hour and the scene was cleared about 2:30 p.m.
Assisting Coal Township police were officers from Ralpho Township, Shamokin, Mount Carmel Borough and Mount Carmel Township.