Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 14, 2012

Kanawha man charged with threatening school

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County man faces charges of having a gun on school property and making terroristic threats.

Kanawha County sheriff's deputies arrested 52-year-old Russell E. Elswick of Clendenin following the incident Wednesday morning at Herbert Hoover High School.

Capt. B.C. Robbins says deputies went to the school at about 5:30 a.m. after employees reported seeing a man brandishing a shotgun.

Robbins says deputies found Elswick seated inside a vehicle in the area of the field house. They removed him after he didn't comply with orders to get out of the vehicle.

The vehicle lurched forward and hit one deputy. Another deputy suffered a fractured hand during the altercation. Both were treated at a hospital and released.

Robbins says the school isn't on lockdown and there's no danger to students.

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