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US Wichita mayor threatened over mask mandate, police say

07:40  18 october  2020
07:40  18 october  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Wichita man arrested for threatening to kidnap, kill mayor over mask mandate

  Wichita man arrested for threatening to kidnap, kill mayor over mask mandate A 59-year-old man was arrested on Friday for allegedly threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple (D) over the city’s mask mandate.Meredith Dowty, a retired Wichita firefighter, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on Friday with the charge of criminal threat.

Authorities say a retired firefighter who was upset with a mask ordinance in the city of Wichita , Kansas, has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill the mayor . Police said the 59-year-old suspect who was arrested Friday could face a charge of criminal threat , the Wichita Eagle reported.

Police said the 59-year-old suspect who was arrested Friday could face a charge of criminal threat , the Wichita Eagle reported. Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple, a Democrat, said someone had read him text messages received by another city official that asked about the mayor ’s address and threatened

A 59-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly threatening the mayor of Wichita, Kansas, over the city's mask mandate, authorities said.

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Meredith Dowty, of Wichita, was booked Friday on suspicion of making a criminal threat involving Mayor Brandon Whipple, police said.

The mayor told the Wichita Eagle that another city official showed him text messages from the man, asking about his address and threatening to "kidnap me and slash my throat."

The suspect was allegedly angry over the mayor's pandemic mask mandate and cited "masks and tyranny," Whipple told the Eagle.

"The investigation is ongoing, and it will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office," the Wichita Police Department said in a statement.

White woman in Central Park called 911 a second time on Black birdwatcher, prosecutors say

  White woman in Central Park called 911 a second time on Black birdwatcher, prosecutors say Amy Cooper was arraigned Wednesday and faces a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an incident. Prosecutors say she called 911 twice.Cooper was arraigned Wednesday and is facing a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an incident to police after she called 911 in May and falsely said Christian Cooper, the birdwatcher who asked her to leash her dog in an area that requires that dogs be on leashes, was threatening and tried to attack her.

A Kansas man has been arrested in connection with threatening to kidnap and kill a mayor over a 'It sounded like the person was very upset about pretty much mask mandates and he said Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said another city official read him the text messages Dowty is accused of

Police said the 59-year-old suspect who was arrested Friday could face a charge of criminal threat , the Wichita Eagle reported. Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple, a Democrat, said someone had read him text messages received by another city official that asked about the mayor 's address and threatened

"Violence is never a way to settle disagreements," the mayor tweeted Friday. "We're always stronger together as a City even when times are at their toughest."

NBC News was unable to locate a lawyer for Dowty. The public defender's office did not immediately respond.

Earlier this month, 13 men were arrested in an alleged foiled plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, over her restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Report: Wichita State investigating allegations of abuse against basketball coach Gregg Marshall .
Wichita State is investigating allegations of abuse against head coach Gregg Marshall, The Athletic’s CJ Moore and Dana O'Neil report. The school cited privacy laws in declining comment to The Athletic, but Marshall confirmed the investigation in a statement. “I’m aware the university conducted interviews and I fully participated in the process,” Marshall told The Athletic. “I look forward to having it wrapped up as I continue to focus my energy on our team.” Marshall accused of punching player in backMarshall is accused of punching a player in the back and putting his hands around the neck of a staff member.

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