Police probe death threat to new Belleville city clerk

News-DemocratMay 6, 2013 

— Police are investigating a voicemail left at City Hall telling the mayor to kill newly elected City Clerk Dallas Cook.

Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax confirmed the city is investigating some kind of suspicious voicemail that was left on a phone in the city clerk's office.

Cook said he has reported the death threat, which was left in a voicemail at 9:42 p.m. Friday, to Mayor Mark Eckert and police. The incident occurred two days after Cook was sworn in to the position May 1.

"It's awful," Cook said. "It is absolutely ridiculous. It's disturbing."

Cook said the man who left the message sounded intoxicated and said some "crazy things."

The man started the message with, "Yo, Mayor Eckert...," before leaving a voicemail with profanities about Cook and corruption. Before hanging up, the man said: "Dallas Cook is a corrupt (expletive). Please kill him before he kills us."

Cook said the caller indicated the message was for Eckert, but the voicemail was left on the line of Cook's payroll clerk, Mary Teague. Cook believes the caller dialed the phone extension for "Mary" instead of "Mark."

"Considering everything that has been happening, with threats to elected officials and the like, I definitely take it seriously," Cook said. "But I have no fear. ... I think this person was intoxicated and made a huge mistake."

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/BNDBelleville.

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