Man faces charges for threatening DHHR employee


BUCKHANNON — A man who threatened to shoot a West Virginia Department of Human Resources employee was arrested Monday by the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

Richard Warren Mealey, 48, of Buckhannon, called the Child Protective Services Centralized Child Abuse hotline and allegedly made threats to a specific Buckhannon DHHR office worker, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette stated he received a call about 4:15 p.m. from the Upshur County E-911 Center and made contact with a DHHR Supervisor. Robinette took a statement from the supervisor as well as the centralized intake worker who took the call. Both individuals stated that Mealey said he was going to take a bullet and shoot the employee due to the employee ignoring his calls.

Mealey stated he had just nine months to live and nothing to lose, according to the statement.

Robinette wrote in the criminal complaint that Mealey told the intake worker, “You’re going to read about this in the paper” and that he lived close enough to the Buckhannon DHHR office that he could walk over and shoot the employee.

Mealey was arrested for terroristic threats, a felony, and arraigned before Magistrate Kay Hurst who set bond at $50,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the Buckhannon DHHR office or the specific employee he threatened. If convicted, Mealey faces one to three years confinement in a state correctional facility and/or between a $5,000 and $25,000 fine.