Laurel man accused of threat against Glendening's life Suspect turns himself in after call to state police

August 15, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

A Laurel man was being held in jail in lieu of $12,500 bond yesterday after being charged with threatening the life of Gov. Parris N. Glendening, state police said.

Tony Lewis, 28, of the 3500 block of Spring Road was charged with threatening the governor in a phone call to the state police executive protection unit in Annapolis.

Capt. Greg Shipley, state police spokesman, said a man called the governor's Baltimore office about 9 a.m. Tuesday, identified himself and complained about a dispute he was having with the state Motor Vehicle Administration over the status of his driver's license and automobile registration.

After the man's first call to the governor, a state trooper from the executive protection unit in Annapolis called and offered assistance, police said. Shipley said that sometime later, a man made several calls to the unit and, during one call, demanded an immediate meeting with Glendening and threatened the governor's life.

Troopers spoke to the man after the threat and he agreed to turn himself in. He surrendered to state police at the Waterloo Barracks at 7: 15 p.m. Tuesday.

Lewis' license was suspended in May because he'd had three lapses in insurance coverage for his 1978 Ford and his 1987 Dodge. He also did not appear in court on a charge of driving without valid tags, according to MVA spokesman Jim Lang.

Shipley said threatening a state official is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

Pub Date: 8/15/96

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