William Province accused of subjecting boys to simulated drowning

2012-12-21T07:00:00Z 2012-12-21T07:16:55Z William Province accused of subjecting boys to simulated drowningBy Sanjay Talwani of The Helena Independent Record Montana Standard

Jefferson County authorities earlier this week recovered three rifles and ammunition they believe belong to a man arrested Tuesday following reports that he made threats related to an area school.

William Albert Province, 42, is charged will felony intimidation, subjecting four boys to simulated drowning, also called waterboarding, and felony partner or family member assault.

After children were removed from Province’s Wickes Road home, north of Boulder, following the report of the waterboarding, a witness told authorities Province had indicated that “when he gets back on Wednesday, he is going to the school, the CPS office and the foster parent’s house and he will take care of everything and everyone,” according to an affidavit filed in Jefferson County justice court.

The witness told authorities Province had military-style body armor, multiple assault rifles and armor piercing ammunition.

The affidavit said deputies located the armor.

Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle said Thursday that authorities now also have the rifles and ammunition. He would not elaborate on the weaponry or exactly where or how they were found, citing the

ongoing investigation.

Doolittle said the threat involved a local grade school whose officials are aware of the case.

The affidavit claims Province would straddle a boy with his hands over the child’s face and mouth and then would dump water on the face to simulate drowning.

Authorities believe he broke the fingers and wrist of a woman who intervened Dec. 5.

In addition to the intimidation and partner assault felonies, he’s charged with three counts of assault on a minor (felonies, not misdemeanors as previously reported), and an additional charge of misdemeanor assault.

Helena police arrested Province on Tuesday night as he got off a plane at Helena Regional Airport. He remains in Jefferson County Detention Center in Boulder with bail at $200,000.

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