Pittsfield man complaining about taxes allegedly threatens to blow up city hall
PITTSFIELD (AP) — A 64-year-old Pittsfield man who allegedly threatened to blow up city hall because of his high taxes has been held on $5,000 cash bail.
Prosecutors say David Shufelt went to city hall Tuesday morning to pay back taxes.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that a “casual conversation” between Shufelt and a female employee turned into a “rant” by Shufelt, who complained that he can’t afford to pay for insulin because of all the taxes he pays.
Police allege he told the woman that if he had a bomb, or the means to make one, he would blow up the building and kill everyone inside.
Shufelt pleaded not guilty to a charge of making a false bomb threat.
Shufelt’s attorney said his client’s alleged statements, while possibly inappropriate, were not threatening.