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JOHNSBURG — A Minerva man was arrested last week for allegedly threatening to blow up the nursing home where he worked when he got upset at being disciplined, police said.

Benjamin G. Fish, 26, was charged with two felony counts of making a terroristic threat after co-workers overheard comments he made March 7 while working at Elderwood at North Creek, according to State Police.

Fish worked as a housekeeper at the Route 28 home until last week, when he allegedly made what were construed as threatening comments after he had been disciplined for an unspecified reason, officials said.

He indicated he would “blow up” the home if he got fired for his work issues, according to police.

Staff at the home called police after the comments were heard on two different occasions, authorities said.

Hal Payne, administrator of the nursing home, said Fish was fired after the allegations became known. He said Fish had worked at the home for a short period of time.

Fish was arraigned in Johnsburg Town Court and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail. He remained there as of Tuesday morning.

Each charge is punishable by up to 7 years in state prison.

Elderwood was known as Tri-County Nursing Home for decades until it was sold last year.



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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