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Armed man accused of threatening to kill people at Beaver Co. nursing home

| Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 5:37 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested a man carrying a gun whom they say threatened to kill a nurse at a Beaver County nursing home where his mother lives.

Larry A. Hicks, 53, of Rochester, told authorities he was unhappy with the care his mother was receiving, Beaver County Sheriff David George said.

“A nurse reported that Mr. Hicks pointed to several dates on a calendar starting with the 14th and when he got to the 17th (Thursday) he said ‘she's going to die today,' ” George said.

When deputies arrived about 9:30 a.m. they found Hicks sitting on a bench outside the home and took him into custody, George said. He was carrying a .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol, a pair of loaded magazines for the weapon and a hunting knife.

Court records show Hicks is charged with defiant trespass, harassment, making terroristic threats and illegally carrying a firearm. The last two charges are felonies.

Hicks is in the Beaver County jail after failing to post a $50,000 cash bond, George said.

It was the second time that Hicks made a threat at the nursing home.

Sheriff's deputies assisted Brighton Township police on Nov. 25, when Hicks was arrested outside the nursing home after he saw a man walking a dog and threatened to shoot them if the animal came near him, George said.

Hicks pleaded guilty to a harassment charge on Jan. 10 and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $250 in court costs, according to court records. Charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and a second harassment charge were dismissed, records show.

George, whose office is responsible for issuing permits to carry a concealed weapon, said he revoked Hicks' permit after the first incident.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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