The Herald Bulletin

November 15, 2012

Woman arrested in courthouse bomb-threat scare

Relationship spurred letter; not-guilty plea for Boyer is entered

By Stuart Hirsch and Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A plea of not guilty was entered Thursday in a Madison County courtroom on behalf of a woman accused of delivering threat to blow up the county government center.

The plea was entered for Cheryl R. Boyer, 42, of West County Road 375 North, by Madison County Circuit Court Magistrate Stephen D. Clase during an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Boyer was charged with one count of Class D felony false reporting in connection with a two-page letter that was mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to the Madison County Government Center. The letter arrived about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“By the time this letter is read at the courthouse, I have already placed several explosive devices in different locations in the building,” read the letter, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case. A signature on the letter named another woman, not Boyer.

In addition, the letter contained threats against Prosecutor Rodney Cummings and other unnamed individuals.

After the threat was received, it was immediately shown to Madison County Board of Commissioners who ordered the downtown Anderson building to be evacuated. Bomb-sniffing dogs searched the building for approximately two hours and found no explosives.

The government center was open for business Thursday.

Sheriff Ron Richardson said detectives worked into the night Wednesday to follow leads and conduct interviews. They tracked down the woman named in the letter, who then led investigators to Boyer’s husband. Both acknowledged having had an ongoing relationship, according to court documents.

Boyer’s husband told deputies that he believed his wife had written the letter. Boyer was arrested at her home about midnight.

During an interview with police, Boyer reportedly admitted to detectives that she sent the letter and falsified another woman’s signature because her husband was in a relationship with that woman.

Because Boyer’s husband and his Anderson girlfriend were not involved in any illegal activity, The Herald Bulletin has chosen not to publish their names.

In a video feed Thursday to the courtroom, Boyer appeared agitated, and was weeping through much of the short interview. Boyer’s bond was set at $5,000.

Because she allegedly threatened public officials, “I find you a danger to the community and others,” Clase said.

To be released from the Madison County Jail, Boyer would have to post the full $5,000. He also determined Boyer to indigent, and a public defender will be assigned to represent her.

Clase’s courtroom is in the government center.

According to court records, on Sept. 11, 2012, Cheryl Renee Boyer filed a petition for divorce in Madison Circuit Court 4. In that petition, Boyer said she and her husband separated in August.

On Oct. 4, Boyer petitioned the court to dismiss the case.

“I am requesting to dismiss my divorce,” Boyer wrote in a handwritten note. “My husband and I are going to try and work things out. We both are in agreement to stop the divorce. We have almost 12 years together.”

Her request was approved.

An earlier divorce filing, initiated by her husband, was recorded in court documents in December 2006 but dismissed that same month. At the time, the Boyers lived in Chesterfield. When contacted at his home Thursday, her husband did not want to discuss the case.

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