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Man charged with making threats

May 26, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Morgan County, W.Va., man was arraigned for allegedly threatening to kill West Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services employees in Berkeley County, according to court records.

Dale Wayne Meadows, 48, of 12311 Valley Road, was charged by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy J.H. Jenkins with one felony count of making threats of terrorist acts, conveying false information concerning terrorist acts and committing terrorist hoaxes, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Meadows was released after being arraigned Friday, according to court records.

A rehabilitation counselor told Jenkins that Meadows, a client of the state agency, called the district/branch office at 891 Auto Parts Place near Martinsburg on Thursday and threatened to come to the office and "shoot everyone in the head," according to the deputy's complaint filed in court.

"He told (the counselor) that after he was finished, that he would go to Washington (D.C.) and shoot" the president, Jenkins said in his complaint.

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The counselor told the deputy that the threat wasn't the first Meadows had made, but was the first time he threatened to bring a gun into the office, an action that caused distress for other employees, according to Jenkins' complaint.

The counselor told the deputy that Meadows held a concealed weapons permit and owns several guns, Jenkins said in his complaint.

--Matthew Umstead

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