- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - A man who spearheaded an unsuccessful effort in Valley City to disband the local police department is accused of threatening a city commissioner.

Police Chief Fred Thompson says Robert Drake allegedly threatened to harm City Commissioner Rick Ross during a telephone conversation with Ross and through comments Drake made to City Administrator David Schelkoph. An arrest warrant was served Friday.

Drake faces a felony terrorizing charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Court documents don’t list an attorney for him, and a home telephone listing couldn’t be found.

Drake late last year organized a citizen group that unsuccessfully sought to disband Valley City’s police department and turn protection duties over to the Barnes County Sheriff’s Office.

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