Chicago woman accused of threatening Mahoning County judge

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Judge Scott Hunter told police Linda Crawford said she would "nail him to the ground and burn him"

Linda Crawford, accused of threatening a Mahoning County judge.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Chicago woman is now in the Mahoning County Jail, accused of threatening a local judge.

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Linda Crawford on extortion and menacing by stalking charges earlier this month.

U.S. Marshals arrested Crawford in Chicago Tuesday, taking her back to the county jail.

The charges stem from an incident on July 5 in which Crawford made threats to County Court Judge Scott Hunter, according to a police report.

Police said Crawford, a past client of Hunter’s, made threats during a conversation with Hunter. She yelled that he was dead, his family was dead and she would “nail him to the ground and burn him,” according to a police report.

In 2015, Crawford was also charged with burglary after she was found inside the house of Phantom Fireworks owner Bruce Zoldan.

Crawford told a housekeeper she was looking for her dog, although investigators said she had made online threats to Zoldan before the incident.

A judge found she was not competent to stand trial in that case. She was sent to a behavioral center for treatment and the case was closed.

Crawford is scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday for the latest charges.

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