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Former Omaha official and meteorologist charged with threatening Douglas County health director

 Members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, announce the arrest of Ronald "Gerard" Penzkowski, 57, of Omaha on charges of making online terroristic threats relating to the coronavirus pandemic and stalking Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour. (Brian Mastre / WOWT)
Members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, announce the arrest of Ronald "Gerard" Penzkowski, 57, of Omaha on charges of making online terroristic threats relating to the coronavirus pandemic and stalking Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour. (Brian Mastre / WOWT) (WOWT)
Published: Apr. 1, 2020 at 12:57 PM CDT
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A former Omaha mayoral communications director and local meteorologist was arrested after he allegedly threatened to lynch or slit the throat of Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour.

Ronald "Gerard" Penzkowski, 57, of Omaha is in the Douglas County jail booked on charges of making online terroristic threats relating to the coronavirus pandemic and stalking Dr. Pour.

Penzkowski, who also goes by the name "Ron Gerard," was communication director for Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle from 2009-2010. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was a meteorologist for KETV and KPTM.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to give details about the arrest and the allegations against Penzkowski.

DCSO revealed during the update that Penzkowski had sent 15 emails to Dr. Pour threatening her life during the span of a week.

Investigators say his motives appeared to be aimed at decisions made by Dr. Pour when it comes to social distancing and the economic costs that come with it.

Douglas County Sheriff's arrest update

A former Omaha mayoral communications director and local meteorologist has been booked on charges of allegedly making online terrorist threats against Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted by WOWT 6 News on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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