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    A man in Rossford is facing charges after posting threatening message on the police department's Facebook page. Justin Eckenrode, 27, was arrested earlier this month. Police say Eckenrode posted threats
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A local man's Facebook posting caught the attention, not only of Rossford Police, but also the feds.

Justin Eckenrode wrote two posts on the Rossford Police Department's Facebook page.

"So I guess its that time for me. If you come to my house for any reason you will die ... Sry," read one.

The next: "What are you waiting for the death of others? That should be only my curse."

"Hiding behind a computer screen or a computer keyboard doesn't make it less of a crime or less of a threat," says Rossford Police Chief Glenn Goss.

Things got more intense when police went to Eckenrode's home, picked him up, and found a cache of weapons, including a high-powered semi-automatic weapon, rounds of ammunition and loaded magazines.

Originally, Eckenrode faced local charges, but now he's facing a federal charge of interstate communication of a threat. 

According to an affidavit dated December 18, it points out that Facebook communicates outside of Ohio.  "The use of internet communication and Facebook requires an element of interstate use."

The affidavit goes on to say "This network has extended beyond Ohio." 

The argument is whatever you put on Facebook goes all over the country and even the world, meaning Eckenrode was in violation "by communicating a threat in interstate or foreign commerce." 

The federal affidavit says Eckenrode admitted to using Facebook the night before the threats, but he said he was very drunk and didn't remember what he posted. 

Thursday morning, the judge in the case ordered Eckenrode held in federal custody as the case proceeds.

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