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A Seven Valleys man who police allege bought supplies to build bombs and an assault rifle — and who allegedly said he wanted to kill his ex-girlfriend, state police and county judges — will be the subject of a state police news conference Wednesday morning.

Howard Timothy Cofflin Jr., 57, will be charged Wednesday with attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder of a law-enforcement officer, terrorism, making a threat to use weapons of mass destruction, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats, according to a news release from Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman.

Police allege Cofflin bought supplies to build improvised explosive devices, parts to fabricate an AR-15 assault rifle, body armor and ammunition, according to Hicks.

A news conference is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the York state police barracks in Loganville, Hicks wrote.

On Sept. 2, state police filed charges of making terroristic threats and harassment against Cofflin, then on Oct. 24 filed three more counts of making terroristic threats against him, according to court records.

The Oct. 24 counts were all withdrawn on Tuesday, court records state. It's unclear whether either of these cases is related to the new charges Cofflin is facing.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.

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