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New Haven Man Charged With Texting Threat

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A New Haven man has been charged with threatening to kill his estranged wife and her mother in a text message.

West Haven police tell the New Haven Register that 29-year-old Lawrence Welch Jr. sent a text to his wife on July 11 which read in part, “Watch you and your mother get a bullet in the head.”

Welch was charged Wednesday with second-degree threatening and second-degree harassment and was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

Police say he does not have any guns registered in his name, but did have a firearms permit revoked.

Welch could not be reached for comment Thursday morning. He has no listed phone number and it was not immediately clear if he has hired an attorney.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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