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Somerville Man Accused Of Threatening Gov. Patrick, Making Bomb Threat

A Somerville man has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after being charged with making phone calls threatening Gov. Deval Patrick and making a bomb threat to the Lynn District Court.

Forty-one-year-old Alfred Messenger was held on $50,000 bond after his arraignment on Wednesday in Somerville District Court. He is charged with threatening to use a deadly device, threatening to commit a crime and falsely reporting a crime.

Prosecutors say Messenger made the calls Tuesday to Patrick's office and the court, each time giving the same name and saying he was from Lynn. They said he then called Lynn police and blamed the bomb threat on someone else.

Messenger was arrested Tuesday night at the Medford State Police barracks after voluntarily going there for questioning. He was represented at his arraignment by a public defender, and officials said they did not know if he would keep that attorney.

This program aired on February 11, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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