A judge of elections at one of Wilkinsburg’s precincts didn’t report for duty Tuesday morning because he was in jail, said Amie Downs, an Allegheny County spokeswoman. Voters in Wilkinsburg’s 1st Ward, 6th District used emergency ballots while sheriff’s deputies went to the man’s house to retrieve the voting materials and supplies and set up the machines. Loren Johnson, 55, was jailed on two counts of assault and two counts of making terroristic threats after he threatened his sister and nephew with a shotgun on Monday, said sheriff’s Commander Charles Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said Johnson was staying at his deceased mother’s house in East Liberty. His sister and nephew went to the house Monday to check on things. While there, the three got into an argument. The sister threatened Johnson with a tray and then Johnson went upstairs, grabbed a shotgun, came downstairs and pointed it at his sisters, threatening to shoot both, Rodriguez said.
The argument happened about 5:25 p.m. Johnson was arrested about 30 minutes later.