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Mark Balcer threatened to blow up lesbians, his case worker, and police officers on Wednesday morning.

Mark Balcer threatened to blow up lesbians, his case worker, and police officers on Wednesday morning.

A Cole County man has been charged with making a false bomb threat and assaulting law officers after an incident at his home early Wednesday morning.

Mark Balcer, 49, 5217 Shepherd Hills Road, is also charged with resisting arrest and violating an order of protection.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he was being held in the Cole County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Cole County Sheriff’s Department probable cause statements show deputies were called to Balcer’s home after he called the 911 dispatch center saying he had planted bombs in his yard in an effort to blow up lesbians.

He earlier had called a friend and told him that he would see his case worker in the morning and would kidnap him and drive until they ran out of gas. Once they were out of gas he was going to murder his case worker and then commit suicide.

When deputies got to Balcer’s home, he met them at the door holding a rifle and told them to leave.

He did not point the rifle at the deputies, but made comments about it being loaded with black powder and roofing nails.

Balcer then closed his door and went back inside. Instead of forcing a confrontation, deputies left the residence.

As they were leaving, Balcer again called the 911 center and said he hoped the deputies would trip a wire of one of the bombs he planted. He also said he was willing to go to jail and that he had enough black powder to blow up his house.

Deputies came back to the home and eventually told Balcer he was under arrest.

Balcer then ran away from deputies who had to chase and tackle him to place him into custody.

A search of the property turned up no bombs or explosives.

It was later discovered that Balcer had also had an order of protection filed against him over offensive posts on Craigslist.

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