Man threatens road crew at California landslide

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Posted: Apr 08, 2011 1:32 PM
Man threatens road crew at California landslide

Road crews clearing a landslide that had cut off a Northern California community for several days hit an unexpected snag _ and it wasn't weather-related.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that road work was canceled Thursday afternoon due to security concerns after an impatient motorist threatened the crew with a rifle.

Requa Road reopened Tuesday to controlled traffic after being blocked since the April 2 slide.

A Del Norte County sheriff's commander says crews were letting cars pass every couple of hours, but 21-year-old Eduah Schwenk got impatient and demanded that they let him through immediately.

Deputies later arrested Schwenk at his Requa home on suspicion of brandishing a firearm.

County supervisors voted Thursday to declare a local emergency to help expedite the road work, which was to resume Friday.

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Information from: Times-Standard, http://www.times-standard.com