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Tibbetts Says He Was Guarding Property 

A defense lawyer says a former Sheriff in Washington County accused of holding a couple at gunpoint with their two children nearby, was acting as a security guard.The defense says 63-year-old Joseph Tibbetts was protecting blueberry land and $100,000 worth of farming equipment in Columbia when the couple’s car appeared on August 13th.The defense says Tibbetts put his handgun away after determining there was no threat.The couple say they were looking for black bears.Tibbetts is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.Tibbetts and the woman in the car knew each other. She’s a former county corrections officer.