Homeless man being evaluated after threatening calls to Lex. Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

July 23, 2013 

— A 31-year-old homeless man is undergoing mental health evaluation after making a series of threatening phone calls to the James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex on Gibson Road in Lexington, Sheriff James Metts said in a release. Deputies are trying to find Ronnie Michael Starling’s wife to make sure she has not been harmed.

Starling, who has no permanent address Metts said, started calling the sheriff’s office about 4:45pm Tuesday. In a series of profanity-laced phone calls, he claimed to have a gun and threatened to harm himself, his wife and people at the Gibson Road complex in Lexington.

Deputies located Starling on the 200 block of Glenn Road in West Columbia where he was taken into custody around 6 p.m., Metts said. He did not have a gun as he claimed. Starling faces one count of unlawfully using a telephone and could face other charges, Metts said.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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