OC man charged for threatening shootout

From staff reports

An Oil City man is facing charges for threatening a shootout Saturday in the South Side Country Fair in Oil City.

Oil City police said in a criminal complaint they responded to the store at 5 Wilson Ave. at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police said it was reported to them that Herbert Reese, 50, had a pistol on his side and was telling customers to be prepared for a shootout that night in the store.

Police said Reese told employees to tell “J Oliver” that there will be a shootout. He was referring to Venango County President Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh, according to police.

Police said they had previously responded to an incident Aug. 2 in which Reese was threatening a man inside an Oil City business who he believed to be Lobaugh. Reese then hit the State Street building and the man’s car with a baseball bat, police said.

Police said they eventually located Reese on Saturday as he was walking up to Country Fair.

Reese gave permission to search his backpack, police said, where they found an air gun, suspected methamphetamine, and loose marijuana.

Police said they arrested Reese and notified probation officers because he is on probation.

Reese is facing 10 misdemeanor charges including stalking, simple assault, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, two counts of terroristic threats, and three counts of use/ possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned Sunday and placed in the Venango County jail after having his bail denied due to being a threat to society.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 18 in Central Court.