Woman charged with making terrorist threats

NEW CUMBERLAND – A woman charged with making terrorist threats against her former New Cumberland apartment building in March is asking for her bond to be reduced so she can relocate to Brooke County.

Laurie Fegal Witzberger, 56, is being held in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on a $25,000 cash bond following her arrest in March on a felony count of making threats of terrorist acts. She is accused of threatening to harm staff and damage property at Hancock House, an eight-floor apartment building for senior citizens and people with disabilities, after an eviction hearing on March 15.

Witzberger’s lawyer, public defender F. William Brogan Jr., has asked that her bond be modified, but Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis said that would be inappropriate without an actual residence.

First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Martin Gaughan gave Witzberger permission to be temporarily released from jail to be interviewed for a housing opportunity in Brooke County. The judge’s order did not give the name of the facility.

If Witzberger is approved for the housing, the court will consider modifying her bond to a personal recognizance bond, Gaughan said. If not, the bond will remain the same.