DA drops most charges in Pa. nursing home 'threat'

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — The district attorney has dropped all but one charge against a man wrongly accused of muttering a non-specific threat to kill somebody after he entered his mother's western Pennsylvania nursing home with a gun.

Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh says his detectives concluded there was no threat made when 53-year-old Larry Hicks, of Rochester, went to the county-run Friendship Ridge nursing home in Brighton Township, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, on Jan. 17.

Hicks remains charged only with having an illegal weapon because the DA says Hicks' carry permit has been revoked — though Hicks' attorney, Gerald Benyo, says his client wasn't aware of that.

Sheriff George David says the deputy who filed the charges was mistaken, in part, because of information he was given by a nursing home security guard.

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