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A Turtle Creek woman is in the Allegheny County Jail after being accused of sending death threats to a district magisterial judge in Duquesne.
Rose Ann Kardell, 58, is charged by the Allegheny County sheriff’s office with making threats toward a public official — a felony — along with criminal coercion, stalking, disorderly conduct and harassment that began July 17 toward Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker.
Kardell was jailed in lieu of $25,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. July 31 before Magisterial District Judge Kim Berkeley Clark in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.
She also has been ordered to have no contact with Schricker or anyone else associated with the case, court records indicated.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, beginning on July 17, Schricker began to receive a series of vulgar and increasingly threatening text messages on his personal cell phone.
According to the criminal complaint, the texts, which also threatened police and constables, were sent from a variety of different cell phone numbers using the “Pinger” app. Messages continued into the overnight hours on July 18.
The affidavit states that the messages referenced people who had cases pending in Schricker’s court. Some of the messages claimed the sended would commit violence toward Schricker with an AR-15 and a knife. Another text threatened that someone would break into Schricker’s home.
The messages continued throughout the day on July 18.
Investigators interviewed a woman who had a case pending in Schricker’s Duquesne court, according to an affidavit, which led them to question Kardell. Kardell denied knowledge of the situation, according to the complaint.
According to the affidavit, police were able to link of the numbers used by the Pinger app to Kardell’s cell phone.
Court records indicate that Kardell surrendered to deputies without incident.
Originally published July 24, 2023.