February 23, 2019
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Fired janitor accused of threatening Standish law firm with gun

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Cathy Conley

STANDISH, Maine — A Standish woman was arrested Monday after turning up at her former place of employment and threatening a staff member with a firearm, a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office official said.

Cathy Conley, 55, had been fired earlier in the day from her job as a janitor at the law offices of Beagle, Steeves and Ridge on Northeast Road in Standish and she returned with a handgun, Lt. Donald Foss said in a news release.

“During the interaction, the woman removed a pistol from her purse and made a statement threatening to use the weapon,” Foss said. “The pistol was then pushed back into her purse and she exited the building without further incident. The pistol was never aimed or pointed at anyone. Staff members called 911 after she left in her vehicle.”

Conley later was found at her home, where she cooperated with police, Foss said. She was arrested and taken to Cumberland County Jail, where she was charged with terrorizing.

The charge has an aggravating factor because a weapon was used during the crime. Conley is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

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