Trail Set for CR Gunman

(Cedar Rapids, WMT News) The former city of Cedar Rapids worker who brought a shotgun to the City Services Center  is scheduled to go to trial next year."

The Gazette" reports Russell J. Howard, 42, of Marion, pleaded not guilty last week to charges of unauthorized possession of offensive weapons and carrying weapons.

Police said Howard made threats to harm himself before he retreated to a workplace area within the building.

Howard was terminated by the city upon his discharge for “violating the city’s violence policy.”

He had been with the city since January 2009.Howard is scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 22.

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