Local man charged with threatening police in video Facebook post

A day after being arrested for failure to appear in court, a Vandalia man was charged with threatening a public official.
Bond has been set at $40,000 for Tad A. Keeling, 30, 511 W. St. Clair St., who was arrested on the felony charge last Friday.
Information filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison alleges that on Oct. 11, Keeling “knowingly conveyed indirectly to the Vandalia Police Department, public officials, a threat, being a video post to Facebook.”
The charge alleges that the Facebook post contains “a threat to burn down the homes of police officers employed by the Vandalia Police Department.”
It is alleged that the “threat was made because of hostility of the defendant toward the status or positions of the officers employed by the Vandalia Police Department.”
Threatening a public official is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
Keeling was advised of the charge during his first appearance in court on Friday. During that appearance, Judge Daniel Hartigan granted Keeling’s request to be represented by Public Defender William Starnes.
His first appearance in court with legal counsel and preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 7 at 11 a.m.

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