SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A south-central Kentucky man pleaded not guilty to charges that he threatened several local officials, including U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers.
William Michael Bullock, 54, entered the plea at his arraignment Thursday in Pulaski District Court in front of Judge Katie Wood. Bullock will be held without bond until a preliminary hearing on Monday.
Bullock was arrested at his home on Kentucky 1643 by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday after an investigation revealed he made "threatening telephone calls" to the offices of several local officials, including Rogers, Pulaski Circuit Judge David A. Tapp, Pulaski Circuit Court Clerk George Flynn and Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, the Pulaski County Republican Party chairman.
According to the complaint, Bullock threatened "to get rid of" the officials during the phone calls. Bullock was charged with intimidating a participant in a legal procedure and third-degree terroristic threatening.
"Mr. Bullock called our (Somerset) office around lunch time on Wednesday and made some... negative comments about Congressman
Rogers," Michael Higdon, a spokesman for Rogers, told The Commonwealth Journal of Somerset. "Our procedure when any kind of threat is made is to contact local and federal law enforcement, so they can determine the seriousness of the threats."