Goodrow Waives Charges for Allegedly Threatening to Take Revolver to PFA Hearing

CLEARFIELD – A 69-year-old Woodland man accused of threatening to take a revolver to a hearing at the Clearfield County Courthouse waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during Centralized Court at the Clearfield County Jail.

Robert Allen Goodrow, 69, of Woodland has been charged with terroristic threats, risking catastrophe and disorderly conduct. Goodrow is free on $25,000 unsecured bail; he is prohibited from entering the courthouse, unless it’s for a court proceeding at least until the resolution of this case.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on March 23, state police received a call from a caseworker at Fresenius Medical Care, Philipsburg. The caseworker said he had a patient, Goodrow, who had an appointment that morning.

During the appointment, the caseworker said that Goodrow advised him that he had a Protection from Abuse (PFA) hearing at 10 a.m. at the Clearfield County Courthouse. He said Goodrow stated plans of taking a revolver because he was “tired of other problems he was having on his property and the hypocrisy with police.”

The caseworker said Goodrow was going to “take care of his problems.” The caseworker believed Goodrow was going to shoot someone at the Clearfield County Courthouse, according to the affidavit.

When Goodrow left his appointment, he called the state police. State police subsequently notified Clearfield 911, which notified the Clearfield County Sheriff’s Department and the Clearfield Borough police.

At 9:40 a.m. March 23, courthouse security and the sheriff’s department were implementing a “lockdown.” Police and deputies were stationed at three entrances of the courthouse and the annex.

At 9:51 a.m., Goodrow entered the annex and was stopped by Clearfield Police Chief Vincent McGinnis. Goodrow was checked for weapons and none were found on him. Goodrow was requested permission to search his vehicle, which he granted. Police searched his vehicle and located ammunition.

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