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N. Idaho candidate brandishes gun, gets arrested

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 58-year-old Boise woman with a history of bipolar disorder and who filed as a U.S. Congressional candidate was taken into custody after police say she threatened office store employees with a handgun.

Police say Cynthia Clinkingbeard was arrested Friday during a traffic stop on suspicion of three counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police say two other adults inside the vehicle were unaware of what police say occurred at the store.

Clinkingbeard had filed as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative in District 1, which includes North Idaho.

KTVB-TV reports ( that Clinkingbeard was a doctor specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism before her license was revoked in 2005 after authorities concluded her manic episodes were getting worse.


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