Police accuse man of threatening synagogue, burning cross

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Police in North Carolina have accused the son of an appeals court judge of burning a cross in a park and threatening to damage a synagogue.

Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said a man went to the synagogue Saturday and rang the doorbell, which was answered by a woman who was monitoring it. Police said the man made disparaging statements against Jews and their religion.

Investigators say the same man burned a cross in a city park Oct. 26.

Authorities filed charges against 20-year-old William Josephus Warden of Cary. He is the son of state Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman. She said in a statement that the incident stems from her son’s mental illness.

Warden is jailed on a $20,000 bond. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

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