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Gastonia man accused of posing as deputy

GASTONIA, N.C. - A Gastonia man has been charged with posing as a sheriff's deputy and pointing a gun at a woman.

The Gaston Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/19KVtoQ ) that 55-year-old Thomas Murray Russell was arrested Tuesday.

A newspaper carrier says a man blocked her bath Saturday morning and walked around her vehicle with a gun pointed at her. She said he told her he was a deputy conducting a community watch check.

The woman talked with police and then called the sheriff's department and was told they had no deputy named Russell.

Russell denies the charges.

Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com

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