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Friday, December 28, 2007                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor arrested on gun charges

A pastor at a Cold Spring church was arrested on two counts of carrying a concealed weapon on Christmas Eve.

According to the Cold Spring Police Department, Johnny R. Coleman (Randy), 1069 Parkside Drive, Alexandria, the pastor of Christ Baptist Church in Cold Spring, was arrested after police found him at 12:30 p.m. with a loaded Glock 9mm handgun and a loaded .25 caliber handgun, in a briefcase at the Mr. Spotless Car Wash in Cold Spring.

Cold Spring Police Chief Ed Burk III confirmed Coleman is a pastor at the church.

According to the police report, Coleman told an officer he was in line for a car wash when he was cut off by another person. According the report, "Mr. Coleman stated he told the victim someone could get shot over this."

The person who allegedly cut Coleman off told police he believed he saw Coleman loading the hand gun, according to the police report

Coleman was arrested and taken to the Campbell County Detention Center and released the same day on his own recognizance.

Coleman could not immediately be reached for comment.

A woman who answered the phone at Christ Baptist Church, who declined to give her name, said Coleman was out of town for the holidays.

Christ Baptist Church was started in 2004 by former members of First Baptist Church of Cold Spring after suspicions arose that church money had been used improperly by former pastor Larry Davis.