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State prosecutors drop case against woman accused of threatening county DA

August 13, 2019 News Extra

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State prosecutors dropped a case against Brittany Hartos, 27, who was accused of threatening to kill Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger.

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State prosecutors dropped a case against a 27-year-old Butler woman who was accused of threatening to kill Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger.

Brittany Hartos was arrested April 8, 2018, and placed in Butler County Prison on a $100,000 bail before it was dropped to a nonmonetary bond the following month, allowing her to be released on pretrial supervision with the condition that she obey the recommendations from a completed psychological evaluation.

State police said Hartos made the threat during a telephone call to the National Crisis Hotline. She was arrested within hours of the call. The hotline is also known as the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is a confidential service that provides counseling and offers resources to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Prosecutors with the state Attorney General's Office dropped the case against Hartos on Tuesday. Deputy Attorney General Patrick Schulte, who prosecuted the case, couldn't be reached for comment. Nor could Goldinger.

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