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Missouri Man Accused Of Trump Threat Sentenced In WV

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UPDATE: KINGWOOD, WV (AP) — An armed Missouri man accused of threatening President Donald Trump during a traffic stop in West Virginia has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Eric Leonardo Charron of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Preston County Magistrate Court to reckless driving and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He was given credit for 36 days served.

State police say Charron was going 130 mph (209 kph) on Interstate 68 when he was pulled over March 27.

A trooper said in a criminal complaint that the 42-year-old Charron claimed to be running late to a dinner with Trump and also wanted “to meet with the leader of the Army to return a phone.”

The trooper says a vehicle search turned up a handgun, ammunition, and gunpowder.

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Original Story: March 27, 2019, at 3:15pm

BRUCETON MILLS, WV (AP) – Police say Interstate 68 in northern West Virginia was shut down for several hours in both directions after a traffic stop prompted an “in-depth investigation.”

State Police in Kingwood say in a news release a motorist was stopped for speeding at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday along eastbound I-68 near Bruceton Mills.

WCHS reports that a 42-year-old male has been detained for questioning after a search of the vehicle revealed a firearm and explosive powder, State Police said.

State Police, the FBI, and Secret Service are continuing to investigate.

News outlets report traffic was diverted off the interstate and motorists were advised to take alternate routes. Westbound lanes were shut down in western Maryland.

The interstate was reopened about four hours later.



Tyler Barker

Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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