Bay Area man held in threat to state senator

SACRAMENTO — A threat to a California state senator has led to the arrest of a Santa Clara man and the confiscation of explosive materials and a loaded handgun, authorities said.

Everett Basham, 45, was being held without bail in Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of threatening a public official and possessing a concealed firearm. It was not clear if he had retained an attorney.

Adam Keigwin, a spokesman for Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, said Yee was the senator who received the threat and it was passed on to the California Highway Patrol. He said Yee isn't commenting at the request of the CHP.

"They need more time to investigate and we want to give them more time," Keigwin said.

Investigators found a loaded handgun in Basham's vehicle and explosive materials at his home, said Officer Sean Kennedy, a spokesman for the CHP's Protective Services Division.

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