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UPDATE: Trial Set for Kanawha Man Accused of Bringing Gun to School

UPDATE 4/17/13 @ 11 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Kanawha County man accused of threatening a school is scheduled to stand trial in June.

Russell Elswick is charged with making terroristic threats and having a deadly weapon on school property.

The Associated Press reports that the 52-year-old Clendenin resident pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Carrie Webster scheduled Elswick's trial for June 24.

Kanawha County sheriff's deputies arrested Elswick on Nov. 14, 2012, at Herbert Hoover High School after employees reported seeing a man brandishing a shotgun.



UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is facing charges after he brought a shot gun to a high school and tried to get in before the school day got underway Wednesday.

According to a news release, employees at Herbert Hoover High School called police after they noticed Russell E. Elswick, 52, of Clendenin, outside of the school with a shotgun.

When one of the custodians confronted Elswick, he said he "had business to take care of," according to deputies.

The school was secured and the school board was notified to make sure students would not be dropped off at the school until the incident was finished.

When deputies arrived on scene they found Elswick inside his vehicle. According to the release, Elswick would not comply with the deputies orders to get out of his vehicle so he was physically removed from the vehicle.

Deputies say the vehicle was still in drive and it moved forward hitting Deputy R.D. Evans.

Elswick still wouldn't cooperate with deputies so he was physically restrained and taken into custody.

Deputies say they did find a shotgun in Elswick's vehicle, but it was not loaded.

Elswick was charged with making terroristic threats and possessing a firearm on school property. He was arraigned on the charges about 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Kanawha County Courthouse.

Magistrate Kim Aaron set his bond at $30,000 cash only.

Deputies say Elswick appeared to be mentally disturbed or possibly under the influence of an unknown substance.

Deputies are still not sure why Elswick was at the school, or his motive.

Deputy Evans was treated and released at the hospital for his injuries.

During the incident, another deputy, Corporal A.J. Miller, suffered a fracture to his hand. He was also treated and released from the hospital.

According to a news release, there is no danger to any students and the school is not on lock down.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he tried to enter a high school in Kanawha County.

Herbert Hoover High School Principal Mike Kelley tells WSAZ.com the man tried to enter the school about 5:15 a.m., but the doors were still locked. No students were at the school at the time, only the school's cooks and custodial staff.

When the custodial staff saw the man trying to get in the school, they called police. Mr. Kelley also says one of the custodians saw a hunting rifle in the man's vehicle.

When Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies got on scene, they arrested the man. No word on why the man was at the school or what charges he faces.

By the time the principal got to the school about 6 a.m., officers were already gone.

The school is operating on a normal schedule Wednesday.

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