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Woman arrested for pulling a gun on road workers in southwest Missouri

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. - A Purdy, Missouri woman is arrested after allegedly pulling a gun on road district workers in July. 

Officials have charged Cheryl L. Staponski, 59, with two counts of first degree assault or attempt, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

The Barry County Sheriff's Office says she pulled a semiautomatic pistol on two workers who were inspecting damage to Farm Road 2057. The incident happened on July 14th around 6:30 pm.

The victims claim Staponski pulled the slide back to chamber a round and threatened to kill them if they did not leave.

Authorities say she allegedly held the gun on the victims until they drove away. The victims also reported she threatened to have her dog attack the workers, as well.

Staponski is currently being held in the Barry County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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