US Sen. Rand Paul says he and his family were targeted by someone threatening to attack them with an ax. Per the AP, Paul told reporters Monday in his home state of Kentucky that Capitol Police issued an arrest warrant for a suspect. Then in a tweet, Paul thanked Capitol Police for arresting the suspect. During a stop in Leitchfield in western Kentucky, Paul said a man threatened to kill him and "chop up" his family with an ax. The Republican lawmaker says it's "just horrendous" that political leaders have to "deal with things like this." A Paul spokesman declined to give additional details. In a separate case, prosecutors are appealing the 30-day sentence given to the neighbor who tackled and injured Paul while the lawmaker was doing yard work at his home. Prosecutors had originally sought a 21-month sentence for the neighbor, Rene Boucher.
Meanwhile, last month, Paul filed a civil suit against Boucher. In a bizarre twist, Boucher then responded by filing a counter-suit against Paul, WBKO reports. Paul's lawsuit claims he was "deprived of his enjoyment of life" and is at increased risk of injury or disease; it seeks compensatory and punitive damages for "physical pain and mental suffering." (He suffered six broken ribs when Boucher tackled him from behind due to an apparent beef over Paul stacking brush in a pile near Boucher's property.) Boucher's counter-suit seeks to have Paul's suit dismissed and names Paul's wife and their community's homeowners association. The suit is asking for "all compensatory and punitive damages permitted by law." Boucher says the Pauls violated the association's by-laws by repeatedly piling "unsightly" debris near his property (Read more Rand Paul stories.)