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Westerville Man Charged With Threatening Rep. Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

A Westerville man has been charged with threatening to "assault, kidnap or murder a United States official" after leaving several threatening voicemail messages with Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers' office.

Officials say 68-year-old E. Stanley Hoff left a voicemail Sunday mentioning the shooting at a June 14 Congressional baseball practice, which left Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise critically injured and four others injured in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Hoff was warned about his messages before his arrest.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Kelley says they were forced to take the messages seriously when the man mentioned the baseball game.

A judge ordered the man to be held without bail during his federal court hearing Wednesday. If convicted, the man could face up to 10 years in prison.