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Man accused of threatening life of new interim Oxford County sheriff

Joseph Salatka (Oxford County Jail)

MEXICO (WGME) -- Maine State Police say they arrested a Mexico man for threatening the life of the incoming Oxford County sheriff.

Troopers charged 56-year-old Joseph Salatka Thursday afternoon with terrorizing.

Salatka was arrested walking along the Roxbury Road in Rumford, a short distance from his home.

Troopers say a staffer at the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Augusta received a phone call from a man who was threatening the life of incoming sheriff James Theriault, who was appointed by Governor Paul LePage earlier this week.

Theriault will replace former Sheriff Wayne Gallant, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

Troopers say the State Fire Marshal’s Office contacted State Police. Theriault was also notified.

Troopers say they tracked the call to Salatka because his phone number appeared on the the State Fire Marshal’s Office's caller ID.

Salatka was in possession of an air pistol when he was arrested, according to troopers.

He’s being held at the Oxford County Jail.

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