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Man arrested for bringing chainsaw to courthouse

By
Ben Hooper
Photo by CryKitten/Shutterstock.com
Photo by CryKitten/Shutterstock.com

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador said a man was arrested for allegedly showing up at the door of a family courthouse with a revving chainsaw.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said sheriff's officers inside the Unified Family Courthouse in St. John's saw Jason Collins, 43, approach the door of the building with a running chainsaw about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and put the building into lockdown.

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RNC officers arrived and took Collins into custody. Investigators said Collins had been served with documentation Tuesday pertaining to an upcoming court date.

Collins was arrested on charges of possession of a dangerous weapon and assaulting an officer. He was sent for an overnight psychiatric assessment.

Court cases scheduled for Wednesday are being rescheduled, Department of Justice officials said.

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