Last week deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for making terroristic threats against Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Fifty-three-year-old Norman Russell had called the Garland Police Department threatening to kill "all gays and lesbians in the world" in order to prove somehow that he himself was not gay, according to sheriff's spokesman Raul Reyna. Russell specifically singled out gay and lesbian police officers and mentioned Lupe Valdez by name. That was not a good idea.
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Soon after Russell made his threats, Garland police alerted the sheriff's department, and deputies arrested the Dallas man last Wednesday. Russell apologized to officers before spending three days in jail. Sheriff Valdez decided not to press charges after concluding that the man, who lives with his mother, might have been off his medication. --Matt Pulle