Grand Jury Indicts Man After Ohio Congressman Threatened

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A man has been indicted by a federal grand jury after a threatening voicemail message was left at the office of an Ohio congressman.

Authorities say the voicemail left June 21 at the office of Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers mentioned the June 14 shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Arlington, Virginia.

That shooting left Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise critically injured and four others injured.

Thursday’s indictment charges 68-year-old Stanley Hoff with one count of threatening to assault and murder a United States official.

A message was left with Hoff’s federal public defender seeking comment on the indictment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Kelley has said authorities were forced to take the message seriously when it mentioned the baseball game.