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Somerville man charged with threatening governor
By Globe Staff
A 41-year-old Somerville man is facing charges that he made threats to Governor Deval Patrick and made a bomb threat at Lynn District Court.
Alfred Messenger was arraigned today in Somerville District Court before Judge Sabita Singh on charges that included threatening to commit a crime and threatening to use a deadly device, Attorney General Martha Coakley's office said in a statement.
Someone called the governor's office Tuesday and threatened to harm the governor. The caller identified himself as being from Lynn. State Police began investigating and learned from Lynn Police that they were also investigating a bomb threat made to the court. Authorities believe Messenger made both calls, as well as a third call to Lynn Police falsely blaming someone else for the courthouse threat.
Messenger was arrested Tuesday night at the Medford State Police barracks, where he had gone voluntarily for questioning. He is being held on $50,000 bail. A pre-trial conference was slated for March 2.
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