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Beaver County sheriff to stand trial on threat charges

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By The Associated Press
Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:03 a.m.

A judge says the Beaver County sheriff should go to trial on allegations that he threatened to cut off the hands of a political campaign worker and threatened to shoot an online news reporter.

Judge Michael L. Gerheim of Armstrong County heard nearly five hours of testimony on Monday before agreeing that most of the 11 charges against Sheriff George David should go to trial.

David, 65, has denied the charges and remains in office because county officials are powerless to remove him and state legislators haven't made an effort to do so.

David was arrested last month on charges including terroristic threats, witness intimidation and obstructing an investigation. The charges stem from alleged encounters since November 2011.

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