Latest News

Local man indicted for threatening Obama

A federal grand jury has indicted an Indian Trail accountant on charges that he threatened to kill Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

The indictment accuses Jerry Blanchard, 48, of publicly threatening to shoot and kill Obama twice last month. On July 15, Blanchard told two diners at a Waffle House on Pineville-Matthews Road that he planned to kill Obama with a rifle he would buy from Hyatt's Gun Shop on Wilkinson Boulevard, authorities say.

On July 28, a witness has said, Blanchard made similar threats at the Crowne Plaza Hotel uptown.

According to court documents, Blanchard has referred to Obama as the Antichrist and said, “If he gets elected, we have a problem.” The Secret Service investigated.

If convicted, Blanchard faces a maximum 5-year sentence or $250,000 fine or both.