- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) - One of the candidates for mayor in Kings Mountain was arrested at the polls and accused of interfering with people who wanted to vote.

Seventy-seven year old Eugene Holmes also lost Tuesday’s election.

Multiple media outlets reported that Holmes was arrested around 8 a.m. Tuesday at a voting site.

Police Capt. Jerry Tessneer said Holmes faces charges of obstruction of justice, communicating threats and resisting arrest.

The Cleveland County Board of Elections said in a statement that Holmes threatened elections board chairman Wayne King.

The statement said Holmes was campaigning outside of the 50-foot buffer zone at the polling location but was shouting obscene statements. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

Former Mayor Scott Neisler defeated incumbent Rick Murphrey in Tuesday’s election.

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