Ohio poll worker accused of pulling gun denies drug charge

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man accused of getting into an argument with fellow poll workers and pulling a gun from his backpack at a voting site has made his first court appearance.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1RniyYy ) reports 45-year-old Allen Bethea didn’t enter a plea Thursday to a charge of violating concealed carry laws. He pleaded not guilty to minor misdemeanor marijuana abuse.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney. Bethea could face more serious charges if indicted by a grand jury.

Authorities say he didn’t point the gun directly at anyone during Tuesday’s primary election but made verbal threats. He was arrested after leaving the polling location. Police say they found the gun and a small amount of marijuana in his backpack.

A judge set Bethea’s bond at $10,000.


Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com