Militia group leader arrested in West Virginia

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Stevens County man wanted for allegedly extorting members of his own militia group has been arrested in West Virginia.

The Spokesman-Review reports that 46-year-old James “Russell” Bolton was arrested without incident Monday night at his father’s house in Princeton, West Virginia.

Prosecutors will seek to have Bolton extradited back to Washington.

Bolton was wanted on five counts of extortion and one count of attempted theft.

Stevens County detectives believe he was responsible for a series of anonymous threatening letters delivered to members of his militia group, the Stevens County Assembly.

The letters purported to have come from a Mexican cartel and demanded large sums of cash in exchange for protection.

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