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Man arrested for threats to kill Wayne County sheriff

Posted August 28, 2008 10:00 a.m. EDT
Updated August 28, 2008 2:58 p.m. EDT

— 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.