MHP shooting victim's YouTube rants have Jeff Co courthouse on high alert

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by Matt Sczesny / KMOV

KMOV.com

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 6:15 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Jeffrey Weinhaus, otherwise known as “The Bulletin Man,” remains in critical condition after being shot by Missouri Highway Patrol officers.

Now his anti-government videos are leading to extreme measures at the Jefferson County courthouse.

The entire courthouse is surrounded by police tape, there’s no parking along the building, and everyone going in is being closely watched.

Sheriff Glenn Boyer says Weinhaus’ statements from a few days ago have some here, especially the judges, on edge.

“I want to make it clear on the 14th, we’re going to occupy the courthouse; try to get people to occupy the courthouse,” Weinhaus said in his video. “We’ll see how that goes.”

Boyer says he’s not sure if The Bulletin Man is talking about Jefferson County or Crawford County, but he’s taking no chances, especially now that Weinhaus was shot by MHP officers in St. Clair this week.

Click here to watch Weinhaus' YouTube channel.

The anti-government blogger was critically injured as police say he tried to draw a gun on Missouri Highway Patrol officers as they tried to arrest him in St. Clair, Missouri for possession of a controlled substance. 

“My personal opinion is he professed some pretty radical ideas and he tried to incite people to following and going along with his ideas,” said Boyer.

Boyer and Weinhaus actually have had a relationship that goes back to when Weinhaus was just a boy.

Over the years, Boyer says Weinhaus took a strange turn into his anti-government views.

“I’ve had him in my office and met him in other locations and it seemed like everytime I talked with him he would cool his jets and back off and then slowly go back to where he was previously.”

Boyer says he’s tried talking with the us attorney and local prosecutors about Weinhaus over the years, but The Bulletin Man has always stayed just away from any criminal actions.

Even when it came to making threats against the sheriff.

“Has he ever threatened me physicially? He himself no, but in his videos he’s indicated someone should do me bodily harm.”

Deputies are beefing up the security force inside, by closely screening anyone going in and even checking out anyone outside the building.

Authorities looking for any hint that someone may try to act out on behalf of Weinhaus.

“Is someone going to take it a step further, or will it die down and go away,” he said. “We don’t know, we don’t know, we’ll continue to err on the side of caution, use all the safety measures and go from there.”

So far, there’s been no trouble on scene and one lawyer who was in court says the extra security has not been disruptive inside.

Officials admit being anti-government is not a crime, but expressed concern regarding Weinhaus's avid followers.

But it is expected to last for a few days.

Weinhuas’ history with the courts goes back to 1991 in Missouri. It’s peppered with multiple protection and restraining orders.

In 2003 he was sentenced to a week of what’s known as shock time a shorter sentence  on a harrassment charge.

In 2006 - he was held for a 21-day hold by the department of mental health, and in 2007, he pleaded guilty to assault charges for attacking a highway worker in a construction zone.

 

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