Claire Elshot released, must stay off Facebook

PHILIPSBURG–The Judge of Instruction suspended the pre-trial detention of Claire Elshot (59) on Thursday.

She was arrested last week on suspicion of threat, insult and defamation of character. She remains a suspect in the ongoing investigation and must refrain from having contact with the complainant. She is also to abstain from using Facebook for the next three months.

According to reports, Elshot had a disagreement with her neighbour for some time and the situation had gotten out of control when she posted that her neighbour should be burned alive. The woman in question contacted police and filed an official complaint against Elshot, who was later detained for her remarks on social media and for making threats against the woman.

Police continue the investigation and the long-time union leader was allowed to go home on Thursday.

Source: The Daily Herald