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Man arrested for threats to kill Wayne County sheriff

Posted August 28, 2008

— Federal and state law enforcement helped sheriff's deputies arrest a man accused of threatening to blow up the Wayne County courthouse.

On Wednesday, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office received information about the threats from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Bureau of Investigation and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Cleveland Harold Egelston II allegedly threatened to blow up the courthouse, hoping to get Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders and any officers inside, sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Tom Effler said.

The sheriff's office's SWAT team, along with FBI, ATF and Air Force Office of Special Investigation agents, arrested Egelston at his house without incident on Thursday.

A search of Egelston's house turned up 17 weapons and approximately 43 grams of marijuana, Effler said.

"Any time you have a threat such as this upon the courthouse, and the witnesses provide information that they believe the person is capable of carrying out the threat, you must act upon it," said Winders, who assisted with the arrest.

Egelston was charged with communicating a threat to a court officer, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was questioned by deputies, FBI and ATF agents and then held under an unsecured $10,000 bond.

Winders said that all the agencies cooperated as a team to make the arrest and thanked the federal agents, Wayne County EMS and Mar Mac Fire Department for their assistance.


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  • ginlee00 Aug 28, 2008


    Obviously he came home with some real problems, but the "mary jane " does not help his situation.

  • ncweddingdj.com Aug 28, 2008

    Thanks for the deep analysis of me. If I could read (yet), why would I be here?

  • BruiserB Aug 28, 2008

    I sit with my back to the wall in public places too. I try to be very aware of my surroundings. I don't like people coming up behind me, and there have been a few who found out what happens when you do manage to surprise me. Yes I'm a VV. I do carry as well, but have yet to use it. Not all VV's have problems, but those who do need serious help. SOG.

  • bleth Aug 28, 2008

    Orionsune hang in there! kitty kitty, this will work out and be history.

  • orionsune Aug 28, 2008

    He really does run his mouth alot, everyone knew it would land him in some serious dookey... and for ncweddingdj.com, it's obvious your age considering you can't quite read yet. I haven't heard how he communicated the threat yet, but when I find out i'll post it.

  • doubletrouble Aug 28, 2008

    For the Feds to get involved, and they got the initial information to begin with...seems this gentleman was rather upset about something, wrote a nasty letter...and they basically followed up on it, thinking it a serious threat. Just someone who got high, spouted off...and now in deep dodo.

  • iron fist Aug 28, 2008

    ncwed the nephew didn't say he killed thousands he said he recused thousands and killed

  • ncweddingdj.com Aug 28, 2008

    I can't speak for all of the GOLO community, but if your UNcle really did kill thousands of refugees (I know he was forced to do that), no wonder he is still upset. And I'm not even 13 still....

  • orionsune Aug 28, 2008

    Did I say he should go free? No I didn't, I said he needs to answer for his actions, so your previous comment is redundant.

  • Tax Man Aug 28, 2008

    Actually think that bond is pretty low - He could probably get out pretty easily if they don't file additional charges. He only needs to come up with 10 - 15% of the bond amount through a bondsman to get released and promise to appear at his court date. In this type of case I would really like to know exactly what he said and who he said it to - or if there was any writing. Just curious.