Poll worker arrested after pulling gun during Election Day fight pleads not guilty

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A poll worker who allegedly pulled a gun out of his backpack after a fight with other poll workers Tuesday pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

Police say Alan Bethea, 45, became involved in a verbal argument with other poll workers at Louisa May Alcott School around noon on Election Day. Police say he at one point went to his backpack and pulled a .380 handgun out. He did not point the gun at his fellow poll workers, but threatened them with the weapon.

He left the polling location and was arrested a short time later on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon under disability and drug abuse.

The Board of Elections terminated Bethea.

Bethea was issued $10,000 bond.

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