Kenneth V. Halsey

A Blair man arrested on weapons and drug charges is facing additional charges after he tried to intimidate a witness, according to Blair police.

Kenneth V. Halsey, 41, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant. He is charged with tampering with a witness, a Class 4 felony. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Washington County Court. Bond is set at $25,000 or 10 percent.

Halsey is awaiting trial in a separate case in which he is charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Halsey and his girlfriend, Anita Derevjagin, 48, were arrested Jan. 8 after police served a search warrant at their Blair home.

Derevjagin is charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, a Class 3 felony; four counts of possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; theft by receiving stolen property, $1,500-$4,999, a Class 4 felony; and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, $0-$500, a Class 2 misdemeanor. She is also charged as a habitual criminal.

According to an arrest affidavit, Halsey tried to force another man, who lives with him and Derevjagin, to take responsibility for several large knives that were found in a detached garage during the search.

Halsey threatened to kick the man and a juvenile out of the house if he didn't take responsibility for the weapons.

The man told police Halsey told him to “take the charge” because it would only be a misdemeanor, while both he and Derevjagin are charged with felonies.

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