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Published February 24, 2011, 01:45 AM

Valley City man denies threatening police chief

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A Valley City man accused of threatening the city's police chief disputes the charge, saying his comments were taken out of context. Sixty-two-year-old Eric Johnson faces a felony charge of threatening public servants that carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A Valley City man accused of threatening the city's police chief disputes the charge, saying his comments were taken out of context.

Sixty-two-year-old Eric Johnson faces a felony charge of threatening public servants that carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. He's accused of making threatening comments directed primarily at Police Chief Dean Ross while talking on the phone to the city building inspector last month about truck noise in his neighborhood.

The Valley City Times-Record cites court documents that allege Johnson said "he wouldn't stop until everyone was dead that was involved in the noise level decision, in particular Dean Ross."

Johnson says he and the building inspector began discussing current events, particularly the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman, and that he did not threaten anyone.

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