Illegal Farm Worker Arrested for Menacing

A farm worker was arrested Tuesday in Washington County for menacing after threatening his former employer with a knife.

Gale Hartline, owner of Hartline Valley Farms, reported that a terminated and intoxicated employee stated that he would kill him while holding a knife. 43 year old Rolando Garcia-Perez stated he had consumed a bottle of Tequila but denied having a knife. During the course of the investigation, authorities discovered that Garcia-Perez was one of several illegal immigrants working at Hartline Valley Farms.

Deputies contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement who requested Garcia-Perez remain at the Washington County Jail pending their investigation, which could result in deportation.

About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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