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Man charged for threat against Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple

Meredith Dowty is charged with criminal threat for threatening Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple.
Meredith Dowty is charged with criminal threat for threatening Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple.(Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 10:52 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A man accused of threatening Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple makes his first appearance in court Tuesday.

Meredith Dowty, 59, was officially charged this afternoon on three counts of criminal threat against Whipple.

Dowty was arrested Friday night after police say they received messages Dowty planned to kidnap and kill Mayor Whipple with a knife.

Police say Dowty was upset with some of the city’s coronavirus prevention ordinances. His bond is set at $50,000.

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