Pembroke: Birch Street man pleads not guilty to threats of blowing up his home with family inside

William Rearick is being held without bail until he appears in court again next month.

According to Pembroke police, the 45-year-old man became out of control during a domestic incident at his Birch Street home Wednesday afternoon and started drenching the house with gasoline.

Two people, described as juveniles, were found inside the house and required medical attention. Rearick was found in a basement bedroom with a propane bottle. He threatened to blow up the house but after a standoff with police, the Pembroke man surrendered.

During Rearick’s arraignment Thursday, the prosecutor suggested to Judge Rosemary Minehan that Rearick continue to be held until a translator from American Sign Language could be present for an additional arraignment.

Rearick’s attorney refused to tell reporters outside of the courtroom whether or not his client has a disability.

But Judge Minehan ordered that Rearick remain in custody. A dangerousness hearing is scheduled for February 6th.

The Pembroke man is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. He’s facing a slew of charges including assault to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

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About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.