Mo. teacher accused of threat faces drug charges -

Mo. teacher accused of threat faces drug charges

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MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- An instructor at Northwest Missouri State University accused of writing on Facebook that he might climb to the campus bell tower with weapons has a different problem after authorities searched his home.

The Kansas City Star reports Nodaway County officials said Friday that 57-year-old Matthew Rouch won’t be charged with making a terrorist threat. Instead, the prosecutor charged him with producing and possessing marijuana.

Prosecutor Bob Rice says an “elaborate growing operation” was found at Rouch’s Maryville home. The operation included marijuana plants growing beneath heated lights. The search was conducted after Rouch claimed he was joking in the Facebook post and said all he had was a pellet gun.

No attorney is listed for Rouch in online court records. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

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