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DeWine Says He Doesn't Know Much About The Alleged Plot Against Him

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he doesn’t know any of the details about an alleged plot to arrest him under a so-called “citizen’s arrest.”

It was discovered after a man who says he was being recruited to help with it reported the plan to the Piqua Police Department. The plan was by a former write-in gubernatorial candidate. Renea Turner, who ran as a Republican against DeWine in 2018, was trying to recruit people to go to the governor’s residence and arrest him for tyranny. Turner Thursday held an event at the Statehouse declaring herself the governor of and taking the oath of office. 

She also posted a  Declaration of Independence on her Facebook page repeatedly calling DeWine a tyrant, and asserting the governor will receive "a tyrant's punishment."

Piqua police have referred the plot to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has more.

DeWine says he is aware of the allegation but not the details.  He says there are people in every state who believe they legitimately have the right to take the government into their own hands and overthrow it.

“I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to denounce that and say that’s wrong, whether it’s coming from the left, whether it’s coming from the right, that is wrong," DeWine says.

Before she resigned in June, Ohio’s Director of Health, Amy Acton, was threatened and routinely found armed protestors in her neighborhood. And recently, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was the target of domestic terrorists who authorities say wanted to kidnap and possibly kill her.  

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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