Tacoma city council candidate held in jail

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Tacoma city council candidate is being held in Pierce County jail for intimidating a judge who last week increased his bail on a separate case.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/oSPwhL ) that Robert Jesse Hill was being held in jail Thursday without bail as he awaits a court-ordered mental health evaluation.

Charging documents say 41-year-old Hill recently contacted Tacoma Municipal Court Commissioner Randy Hansen and "made comments to him that he had intimate knowledge about his family."

Hill was a litany of arrests, criminal convictions and no contact orders over the past 15 years. If convicted on the felony intimidation charge, Hill faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Hill is challenging incumbent Lauren Walker for the District 3 council seat representing central Tacoma.