Charleston, W.Va. – A Lincoln County man has been arrested and charged with threatening at gunpoint a Secretary of State’s Office investigator and an FBI agent who were continuing their probe into election law violations in the May 2010 primary.
James Metheny, 61, of Midkiff was arrested at his home following the confrontation.
The Secretary of State investigator and the FBI agent approached Mr. Metheny’s home near Midkiff on February 28, and attempted to question him in connection to the May 2010 primary election. It was then that Mr. Metheny allegedly brandished a handgun and threatened the Secretary of State investigator and the FBI agent.
“This incident clearly shows the seriousness of the crimes involved,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said. “Violations of election law are often not administrative or procedural. The perpetrators are criminals committing criminal acts with malicious intent – and who are sometimes dangerous.”
Neither the Secretary of State investigator nor the FBI agent were injured.