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Man charged after reports of gun near school

FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. -- A Wellsburg man is facing charges following an investigation into reports of a suspicious man carrying an assault rifle near a local school.

Follansbee City Police Chief John Schwertfeger says 38-year-old Justin Charles Nixon was charged Friday with public intoxication, obstructing an officer, brandishing a weapon and making terroristic threats.

Officials say Nixon was charged after being apprehended by police responding to the threat. Brooke County school officials locked down several area schools as a precaution.

Schwertfeger told the Steubenville Herald-Star that Nixon matches the description provided by witnesses. He also says while a weapon wasn't found on his person, an assault rifle was found in a home on the street where he was staying.

The Brooke County Sheriff's Department and Wellsburg Police also assisted in the investigation.


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