Man charged with threatening Wichita mayor over mask mandate

October 20, 2020 - 6:50 pm

A man who prosecutors say threatened Wichita's mayor because he was upset about a mask mandate has been charged.

Meredith Dowty, 59, of Wichita, was charged Tuesday with three counts of criminal threat. The retired firefighter is accused of threatening to kidnap and kill Mayor Brandon Whipple over his role in requiring masks in Wichita in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Police say the suspect sent text messages to a city official threatening Whipple's life. 

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