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Area man charged with making threats at DMV

March 27, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Summit Point, W.Va., man was charged with terroristic threats Friday after police were told that a man had been at the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Jefferson County that day and threatened to burn down the building, according to court records.

Trammel Eugene Alexander Jr., 36, of 4356 Summit Point Road, also was charged with willful disruption of government process, Jefferson County Magistrate Court records said.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.C. Moon said he was called to the Division of Motor Vehicles office about noon for a man making threats against the establishment.

The Division of Motor Vehicles recently opened a new office near the intersection of W.Va. 9 and Wiltshire Road in Bardane, W.Va.

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Moon said he talked to two men outside the building who stated that a man who was there earlier said he was going to come back and burn down the building.

Moon then spoke to Julie Lippman, an employee at the DMV office who said she overheard a man cursing at another worker inside the building, according to a criminal complaint filed by Moon.

Lippman said she told the man to stop cursing but the man continued using vulgar language. The man left the building but said he would return, Lippman said.

Moon and Sgt. C.C. Morton returned to the DMV office about 1:15 p.m. after the man returned to the building, Moon said.

Moon said he detected an odor of alcohol on the man's breath. Morton asked the man if he had anything in his pockets and the man said he had a pipe.

The item was a "bong" used for smoking marijuana, Moon said.

Willful disruption of government process carries a possible punishment of a fine to $100 and/or jail up to six months. The charge of terroristic threats carries a punishment of a fine between $500 and $25,000 and/or jail for one to three years.

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