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Prestage D.C. court appearance postponed

Posted: August 14, 2014 8:08 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2014 6:00 a.m.

A Camden businessman accused of taking a loaded gun into a congressional office building in Washington, D.C., was scheduled to appear in court Thursday, but the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office said the hearing has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 10 before Magistrate Judge Frederick Sullivan.

Dr. Ron Prestage, president of Prestage Farms, was accused of carrying a handgun inside a briefcase into the Cannon office building at 9:20 a.m. on July 23. The offices of several U.S. congressmen from South Carolina are in the Cannon building. Carolina Vanwick, press secretary for Congressman Tim Rice said Prestage had an appointment with Rice that morning. Rice represents South Carolina’s 7th District, which stretches from Florence to Myrtle Beach. It was learned Prestage had other appointments with lawmakers in the building throughout the day.

Prestage reportedly has a concealed weapon carry permit in South Carolina, but it is not valid in Washington, D.C., where weapons must be registered with the D.C. Metropolitan Police.

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