CLEVELAND -- (WJW) -- A poll worker at a Cleveland school polling location is under arrest after a fight with other poll workers led him to pull a gun out of his backpack.
Alan Bethea, 45, became involved in what police say was at first a verbal argument with other poll workers at Louisa May Alcott School at around noon. At one point, Bethea went to his backpack and pulled a .380 handgun out. He did not point the gun at his fellow poll workers, but threatened them with the weapon.
He left the polling location and was arrested a short time later. The gun, along with a small amount of marijuana, were found in the backpack.
He was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon under a disability and drug abuse and taken to the central jail unit.
The Board of Elections has terminated an Election Day worker. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has released the following statement:
“The incident concluded almost immediately with the arrest of Allen Bethea who allegedly displayed a weapon which led to his arrest. The Board is assisting the Cleveland Police Department in their investigation and voting was not interrupted by the incident.”