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May 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Bellingham man arrested in threats to kill Inslee, Obama and others

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Police have arrested a Bellingham man accused of writing letters to The Olympian newspaper that contained threats to kill Gov. Jay Inslee, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama.

The newspaper reports that the 59-year-old man was held on $200,000 bail Thursday in the Thurston County Jail in Olympia. A judge found probable cause to support allegations of making threats against the governor, intimidation of a public servant and three counts of felony harassment.

The man has told court officials he is schizophrenic. He also has said he used to get VA counseling and support services, but those were canceled about two years ago. He has no prior criminal record. He was arrested Wednesday.

Court documents say state troopers retrieved four letters allegedly written by the man at The Olympian on April 30.

The newspaper says the State Patrol learned that the U.S. Secret Service has had contact with the man in the past.

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