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Helena-West Helena alderman charged with terroristic threatening, harassment and disorderly conduct


HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — A Helena-West Helena alderman was locked up Tuesday.

John Huff Jr. was arrested charged with terroristic threatening, harassment and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

He turned himself Tuesday in to the Helena-West Helena Police Department after a warrant was issued for him the previous day.

Police Chief Virgil Green said Huff verbally attacked Elijah Monday, who owns the KJIW 94.5 FM radio station in Helena-West Helena, and made threats against him and his family.

According to the affidavit, Monday said the threats were “derogatory and inflamed with vulgarity.”

It happened Friday in the City Hall lobby. Monday, a local attorney and former Helena-West Helena mayor James Valley were bringing signed petitions to the city clerk’s office when Huff confronted them.

The petitions asked the city to put an ordinance on the November ballot to allow citizens to vote to reduce the city council from 10 aldermen to six and city wards from five to three.

He has since been released on recognizance to appear in court Friday.

WREG is working to get more information on the nature of the charges.