Man charged after threatening Ohio congressman

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been charged with threatening to “assault, kidnap or murder a United States official” after leaving several threatening voicemail messages with Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers’ office.

Officials say a voicemail left Sunday mentioned the June 14 shooting at a baseball practice that left Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise critically injured and four others injured in Alexandria, Virginia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Kelley said authorities were forced to take the messages seriously when the man mentioned the baseball game.

The Columbus Dispatch reported ( that 68-year-old E. Stanley Hoff was warned about his messages before his arrest.

A federal magistrate ordered Hoff held without bail during a court hearing Wednesday.

Hoff is expected to be assigned a federal public defender on Thursday. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

An aide at Stivers’ Washington congressional office referred questions about the threats to U.S. Capitol Police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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