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Oct 23, 8:42 PM EDT

Milford man who allegedly threatened high school is held on $250,000 bail


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A 48-year-old Milford man accused of threatening a high school in his neighborhood is held on $250,000 bail after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/1FLgBMK ) James Piccirillo appeared in superior court Wednesday on charges of second-degree threatening, illegal possession of explosives and illegal possession of an assault weapon.

An arrest warrant alleged that Piccirillo said in a Bridgeport bar that he was going to take the Jonathan Law High School hostage. It says Piccirillo told an FBI agent he wasn't serious about the threat, and his mother told the FBI he was depressed after his father's recent death. Police said they found several semi-automatic weapons and low-grade commercial fireworks at his home.

He was sent last week for a mental health evaluation and later transferred to police custody. It's not immediately known who represents him.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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