Police say Kingsport man threatened to kill Obama

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- Kingsport police have arrested a man they say threatened to kill President Obama.

The Kingsport Times-News reports Jesse Willie Hurst is accused of calling 911 several times on Dec. 27, saying things like "pretty soon it will be time to meet Jesus" and complaining of police harassment. During one call he made a comment about killing the president.

The 39-year-old was arrested at a Salvation Army shelter the following day after officers traced the calls to a prepaid cell phone.

Kingsport Judge Mark Toohey ordered Hurst held without bond and requested he undergo a mental evaluation. The Secret Service also was notified of the incident.

On Monday, Hurst remained in the Blountville jail. He is scheduled for a Thursday hearing on charges of abusing 911.


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