Arundel man threatened state leaders over drainage pond, police say

An Anne Arundel County man was arrested Friday after police said he threatened violence against a county councilman and the presiding officers of the General Assembly — an incident allegedly touched off by his outrage over the construction of a drainage pond.

Paul David Grimm, 58, of 100 block of Tarks Lane in Severna Park, was charged with three counts of threatening a public official. Police said the threats came after Councilman Dick Ladd visited Grimm's neighborhood to discuss his concerns about the project in his community.

"While Councilman Ladd was speaking to Mr. Grimm's daughter," police said, "Mr. Grimm pointed his finger at Councilman Ladd and made reference to 'taking him out.'" According to police, Grimm also said he would have a weapon.

Authorities said in a news release that Grimm also threatened Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch.

"He continued by advising 'it would be a fantasy of his to see Mike Miller and Mike Busch' knock on his door because 'they would come out in body bags,'" police said.

Grimm did not have a lawyer listed in online court records late Friday.

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