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Continued: Pine County man charged with government center threats, more

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 16, 2013 - 11:18 PM

The neighbor “was aware of the devices that had been found on Long’s property recently,” the charges say. “He said he, his daughter and many of the other neighbors were very nervous and upset by all of this.”

Last week, Long reported being kidnapped for the second time. He told sheriff’s deputies that he had been driving home when what he thought was a police officer stopped him, put a black nylon bag on his head and handcuffed him. After being released, he “was able to break free from his handcuffs,” he allegedly told investigators.

“He again blamed his ex-wife and [her boyfriend] for being responsible,” the charges say. Their goal was to make him miss his court date in Ramsey County for violating the order for protection, Long said.

Long appeared in court Monday before an Anoka County judge, who set his bail at $500,000 with conditions and $1 million without. Pine County judges who had been sent the powder were removed from the case.

Officers searched Long’s house and found white powder, shotgun shells, a cellphone and sticker letters, according to the charges. He then allegedly admitted to making up the kidnapping tales, crafting the devices and sending the letters to the Government Center. But he said the powder was just flour or powdered sugar.

“Long denied wanting to hurt anyone or see anyone put in jail,” the charges say. “He claimed his only goal was to get his good reputation back and gain sympathy from those around him.”

 

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168

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