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Clarksville man charged with threatening police

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Howard County police have charged a Clarksville man in an incident that led to the evacuation of the Southern District headquarters and some area businesses.

Benjamin Parsons, 34, of the 6300 block of Eastern Star Way in Clarksville, was charged with one count of making a false statement regarding a destructive device and one count of threatening arson, police said Monday.

Late Sunday afternoon, police said, Parsons walked into the headquarters and threatened officers, referring to explosive devices in and around the building. He was immediately taken into custody.

After an evacuation of both police and fire stations in the Fulton complex and nearby restaurants, teams performed a bomb sweep of the area and found no explosives.

The two buildings and several parking lots were opened about 8 p.m., and police services were not interrupted in the meantime, according to police department spokeswoman Mary T. Phelan.

Parsons is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. Family members could not immediately be reached for comment.

mary.mccauley@baltsun.com

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