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Baldwin man accused of threatening Obama

A 33-year-old St. Croix County man has been arrested and charged with three counts of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and the president’s family.

Nicholas J. Anderson, Baldwin, was indicted by a grand jury last week, but the indictment was sealed until a warrant could be issued and he could be taken into custody, said a spokeswoman from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison.

Anderson is accused of making the threats in three emails sent to the CIA on May 21, June 17 and June 18, said the spokeswoman. She said the emails threatened the president “and some of the threats also included threats to kill the president’s family – his wife and children.”

In the May 21 email, Anderson threatened to kill the president and his family, stating "the assassination attempts are about to start flying," according to the indictment.

In the first June email, Anderson threatened to kill the president and then in a third threatened to kill the president's wife and children, the indictment states.

Anderson has made an initial appearance and pleaded not guilty. A two-day trial is set to begin Nov. 18 in Madison.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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