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A Turtle Creek woman faces formal arraignment in Allegheny County Court after being accused of threatening the life of a district magistrate in Duquesne.
Rose Ann Kardell, 58, remains in the Allegheny County Jail pending the Sept. 29 hearing.
Kardell was charged July 20 by the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office with threatening harm against a public official, stalking, disorderly conduct and harassment after Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker in Duquesne began receiving threatening text messages on his personal cell phone.
Common Pleas Court President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark ordered Kardell held for court on all charges after a preliminary hearing Aug. 14.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, county detectives were able to link Kardell to the messages, which became increasingly violent and continued for two days, beginning July 17.
Investigators allege that Kardell used a phone app called “Pinger” to disguise the phone number from which she was texting. The criminal complaint states that Kardell attempted to pin the crime on a neighbor she was trying to have evicted from their shared apartment building.
According to the complaint, after investigators interviewed the neighbor referenced in the texts, their subsequent inquiries focused on Kardell, who denied knowledge of the harassment.
Detectives were able to connect one of the text message phone numbers to Kardell’s personal cell phone, the complaint alleges. According to the criminal complaint, Kardell used one of the numbers to call 911 on July 11 and again on July 12.
Under state law, threatening harm to a public official is a third-degree felony if the threat is made with intent to influence a judicial or administrative proceeding.
Originally published August 30, 2023.