Man, 27, Pleads Not Guilty To Threatening OC Councilwoman Who Made Anti-Muslim Comments

VILLA PARK (AP)  — A 27-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening a Southern California councilwoman over remarks she made at a protest outside a gathering of Muslims last month in Yorba Linda.

Paul Dean Andrews was being held on $100,000 bail after his arraignment Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly contacted authorities after Andrews sent her a message on Facebook on March 3 threatening violence against her with weapons.

Authorities say Andrews was angry at Pauly over her comments at a February 2011 protest outside a charity fundraiser being held by an Islamic group.

About 200 protesters were assembling outside Villa Park City Hall Tuesday to demand an apology from Pauly during a City Council meeting.

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