Brookside man arrested for making terroristic threats

BRIDGEPORT — A Brookside man was arrested over the weekend in Martins Ferry for allegedly making terroristic threats.

Ronald J. George, 60, of 10 Brookside Ave., Bridgeport, was arrested Saturday on charges of terroristic threats, menacing, inducing a panic and disorderly conduct. He is being held in the Belmont County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Martins Ferry police Chief John McFarland said the initial call came in as a someone being bit by a dog. Officers responded to the call and were then told by others that a man was walking around the city shouting at people that there were terrorists in the area who were going to blow up the city.

When officers found the man, he continued to say the same things then allegedly began describing himself as a terrorist, McFarland said.

“In the process of being arrested he told one of the officers he was going to blow them up,” McFarland said. “With everything going on in the world, I commend the officers for their quick action of taking the man into custody and taking him to jail.”

McFarland said the officers’ report indicated that alcohol may have been involved.

“With everything that is going on in the world right now you’ve got to address issues as quick as you can,” he said.

McFarland said George did have an injury on his arm that was checked out, but it could not determined whether it was from a dog bite or something else.