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Indiana man, with arsenal at home, accused of threatening school

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 9:59 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — An Indiana man who police said had 47 guns and ammunition hidden in his home was arrested after threatening to “kill as many people as he could” at an elementary school near his home Friday, police said.

Early Friday morning, police were called to the home of Von I. Meyer, 60, in Cedar Lake, Ind., after it was reported that he threatened to set his wife on fire after she fell asleep, according to a statement from Cedar Lake police.

Meyer also said he was going to enter the Jane Ball Elementary School – less than 1,000 feet from his home – and “kill as many people as he could before police could stop him,” the statement said.

Police notified school officials and security measures were taken at all local schools on Friday, the statement said.

Hidden in his 2-story home, authorities found 47 guns and ammunition with an estimated value of more than $100,000, the statement said. Many of the guns seized during the search were collector’s items, the statement said.

Saturday morning, charges were filed against Meyer, and a search warrant was issued.

That afternoon authorities entered Meyer’s home, which is connected to the school by a series of trails and walking paths in a wooded area, and arrested Meyer, who did not resist.

He was charged with four counts of felony intimidation, one count of misdemeanor domestic battery, and two counts of misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, the statement said.

Meyer was taken to the Lake County, Ind., Jail where he was being held without bail pending a hearing.

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