Bellingham

Police: Bellingham man arrested for threatening Inslee, Obama

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Police have arrested a Bellingham man accused of writing letters to a Washington state newspaper that contained threats to kill Gov. Jay Inslee, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama.

The Olympian newspaper reports that 59-year-old Timothy McNiven was held on $200,000 bail Thursday in the Thurston County Jail in Olympia. A judge found probable cause to support allegations of making threats against the governor, intimidation of a public servant and three counts of felony harassment.

McNiven has told court officials he is schizophrenic. He also has said he used to get VA counseling and support services, but those were cancelled about two years ago. He has no prior criminal record. He was arrested Wednesday.

Court documents say state troopers retrieved four letters allegedly written by McNiven at The Olympian on April 30.

The newspaper says the State Patrol learned that the U.S. Secret Service has had contact with McNiven in the past.