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Delaware Co. supervisor feels threatened

MANCHESTER (KWWL) -- Delaware County supervisor Shirley Helmrichs said she has been on guard ever since she felt a Facebook post threatened her life.

Helmrichs said somebody drew her attention in September to a particular post on the Lake Delhi Iowa Facebook page.

The poster included two expletives and said Helmrichs "can eat my 45."

It came after Helmrichs said she wanted to put a $3 million bond to a county vote instead of just going ahead and securing it with the two other supervisors. Helmrichs said that money would go toward rebuilding the Lake Delhi dam.

Helmrichs said the post went up on Thursday, September 9 and came down later in the weekend. A friend of hers took a screen print of the page.

Helmrichs said she carries around a copy of the page to remind her to be wary.

"I was just really scared and then I became, I was just really angry that anybody would put that threat out there to my family," Helmrichs said. "We're guardians of a four-and- a-half- year-old, and I have a 20-year- old son. My husband, we have two elderly mothers that travel with us often, and it's like, 'they could be in jeopardy riding with me."

Delaware County sheriff John LeClere said the investigation into the perceived threat is now waiting for subpoenaed records from Facebook.

He said even if they obtain those, the threat might not merit criminal charges. However, he said that will be up to the county attorney.

Voters head to the polls November 2nd to decide whether to elect Shirley Helmrichs or Andy Coleman for Delaware County District 3 Supervisor.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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