Threats result in felony charge
A disgruntled Grand River Dam Authority employee made violent threats, while on the clock.
In early February, Ron Ash, a 20-year employee of the Coal Fire Plant in MidAmerica Industrial Park, made threats to co-workers. According to police reports, Ash threatened to bring a firearm to work and shoot employees.
The threat of performing an act of violence resulted in felony charges.
According to Justin Alberty, GRDA's Corporate Communications Director, GRDA police became involved as soon as they heard about the threats.
“He made these violent threats on a couple different occasions,” said Alberty. “We take employee safety very seriously.”
As part of his preliminary hearing, Ash’s bond was set at $10,000. A special condition of the bond is that he is not to have any weapons or firearms at his residence or in his possession. He is also not allowed on any GRDA property. Ash was issued released from the Mayes County Jail after he posted bond Feb. 20.
His case appeared on Mayes County District Court's felony motion docket Wednesday, April 10. Ash was not present for his court appearance. A bench warrant was taken under advisement until his next court appearance, May 15.
Ash has no prior criminal record. It is not anticipated that the charges will result in incarceration.
Allegedly Ash will be subjected to voluntary mental health evaluations before a plea is made.