Fairbanks man arrested on threat charges

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police arrested a Fairbanks man Friday after he allegedly made threats to shoot Fairbanks Memorial Hospital employees.

Fairbanks Police Sgt. Phil James said Claus Reeck, 50, was charged with making terrorist threats, a felony, to hospital employees after he was denied night visits to his hospitalized wife.

James said Reeck made threats toward a nursing supervisor and other mid-shift intensive care unit workers.

''He threatened to kill staff and threatened to kill himself if he's not allowed to visit his wife,'' James said. ''He's been calling them constantly.''

Reeck made as many as 30 calls one night, James said.

Reeck was escorted to the hospital by police for a visit Thursday morning, James said. Afterward, Reeck was told that he could visit his wife if he ceased his threats, kept his visits brief and stopped calling to request visits, James said.

Police said Reeck called again at 1:30 a.m. Friday and threatened to shoot hospital staff. Reeck was arrested at home just before noon.

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