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Elkins man accused of threatening to kill mayor

ELKINS — An Elkins man is behind bars and accused of threatening to kill the town’s mayor.

Robert Bowers, 58, has been charged with threats of terrorist acts. He is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

According to court documents, Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies spoke with Elkins Mayor Van Broughton Monday at City Hall. Broughton reportedly told deputies that he had been driving and stopped at an intersection in downtown Elkins when Bowers pulled up alongside him in a vehicle and began threatening him.

Broughton allegedly told police that Bowers told him he would “kill him right now,” and that he would be “saving the tax payers’ money by killing” him. Bowers also reportedly told Broughton that his time was “coming to an end.”

Bowers then drove away, according to court documents.

Last month, Broughton was elected to his fourth term as the mayor of Elkins. Broughton has run unopposed for the past three elections.

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