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Boone deputies say man threatened to bring gun to school

By Staff reports

COMFORT, W.Va. -- Police in Boone County arrested a man after they said he threatened to bring a gun to an elementary school on Wednesday.

Herman Dewayne Pickens, 53, of Peytona, was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. and charged with making terroristic threats, a felony.

Pickens went to Sherman Elementary School in Comfort and showed an empty gun holster on his belt to school staff, according to a news release issued by Boone County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Chad Barker. Staff members then called police.

Cpl. B.G. Browning responded and allegedly found a folding knife in Pickens' pocket. Browning also found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun in Pickens' vehicle parked nearby, according to the release.

Barker said Pickens had visited the school several times this month and showed his empty holster to staff and "made threats of not leaving his gun in his vehicle the next time he came in." Pickens' connection to the school is unclear.   Boone County Magistrate Porter Snodgrass arraigned Pickens, who was ordered held in Southwestern Regional Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bail.


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