Md. man arrested for threats against public official

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a man in Severna Park for verbally threatening public officials.

On Friday around 8 a.m. Anne Arundel County Police Department received a call regarding a possible threat to Anne Arundel Councilman Dick Ladd, Maryland State House Speaker Michael Bush and Maryland State Senator Mike Miller, Jr., according to authorities.

Authorities immediately started an investigation launched by Homeland Security & Intelligence Unit. Detectives were able to determine the suspect Paul David Grimm, 58 of of 108 Tarks Lane, made verbal threats of violence towards the officials.

Police said Grimm was upset over a storm water management pond in his community. Grimm expressed discontent to an Anne Arundel County Public Works contractor and Councilman Dick Ladd, authorities said.

Councilman Ladd was also contacted by an Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works contractor informing him about Grimm expressing discontent over the work being done, according to police.

Police said Councilman Ladd got a call from the Department of Public Works on March 12, 2014 saying that Grimm was being verbally abusive about work being done at the storm drain.

According to the Councilman Grimm was upset over the county digging the storm drain on his street and did not agree with the project, authorities said.

Authorities said Councilman Ladd and a witness went to Grimm's residence to talk to him and see the work being done. Grimm was very agitated about the work being done, officials said. When Councilman Ladd was speaking to Grimm's daughter, Grimm pointed his finger at the official and stated something about "taking him out" and that he would have a weapon, authorities said.

Mr. Grimm then referenced Mike Miller and Mike Busch advising that he would "take them out" too police said. Grimm also said "it would be a fantasy of his to see Mike Miller and Mike Busch" knock on his door because "they would come out in body bags."

Councilman Ladd and the witness left the house before the situation got worse, authorities said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Grimm based on the investigation, authorities said. Grimm was arrested at his home without incident.

He was transported to the Eastern District where he was interviewed and processed for 3 counts of Threats to State Official.

"We take criminal threats against our elected officials very seriously," said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis. "We will act expeditiously when someone detracts from the capacity of the people's representatives to safely represent our communities."


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