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Maryland 'joker' threat charge against Neil Prescott dismissed

Maryland 'joker' threat charge against Neil Prescott dismissed

A judge threw out a criminal charge Tuesday against a Crofton man accused last summer of likening himself to a "joker" and threatening to blow up co-workers.

The case raised alarm in the wake of a mass shooting in Colorado but ended quietly after prosecutors were unable to connect the allegations to a specific crime.

Police seized guns and ammunition from Neil Edwin Prescott's Crofton home after authorities said he called in threats to a Prince George's County business. He was eventually charged with a single count of telephone misuse, which the judge threw out Tuesday.

The circumstances surrounding Prescott's arrest illustrate the difficulty of balancing...