Suspect Waives Preliminary Hearing in Threats Case

A Reader man accused of making terrorist threats against his union and a Marshall County energy facility waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week.

His case will now be heard by a Marshall County grand jury.

Charles S. Amos, 47, was arrested by West Virginia State Police last month after a complaint was made by the business manager for an organization identified in the complaint only as “Local Union No. 2.” According to the criminal complaint, the business manager said a fellow employee had received a voice message from Amos that he believed to be terroristic in nature.

Officers listened to the message, in which the male identified himself as Amos. The caller said if he was laid off from working as a contractor at a plant in Marshall County, he would “put the place on the news,” the complaint states.

The man identified as Amos also allegedly said, “There would not be enough caskets to bury everyone from Union Local No. 2.” The business manager said he and other employees were afraid for their safety and the safety of employees of the plant. Officers spoke to a security director for the plant, who also said she feared for the safety of the plant and its employees based on the message.

The officers found there was probable cause to arrest Amos, who was arraigned with bond set at $5,000. Amos is free on bond until his case can be heard by a grand jury, which next convenes in July. A felony charge of making terrorist threats carries a potential penalty of one to three years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.