A bomb threat made at the Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Ave., on July 3, led to a felony charge filed Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 45-year-old Racine man.

If convicted, James T. Perine faces a $10,000 fine and three years, six months in prison.
Perine made his initial court appearance Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer arrived at the City Hall at 1:06 p.m. in reference to a bomb threat that had been made to employees in the engineering department.

The employee who received the call said the irate individual was yelling expletives and stated that his civil rights were being violated. The man then said, “I’ll blow the whole (expletive) place up.”

The male then demanded to have his call transferred to the mayor’s office.

A check of the voicemail revealed that the caller identified himself, was pleasant and stated that his civil rights were being violated. The phone number he provided was the same used to call the city employee, who also identified the voice on the message as the same person who made the threat.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 9:30 a.m. August 23 at the Racine County Courthouse.

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