Mental Evaluation Ordered for Congressional Candidate Cynthia Clinkingbeard

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A former Boise State and College of Western Idaho professor accused of threatening employees of a Boise-area store with a gun on March 16 has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Magistrate Kevin Swain ordered that a court-appointed evaluator determine whether Cynthia Clinkingbeard can participate in her own defense. The 58-year-old Clinkingbeard had practiced medicine in Idaho as an endocrinologist and specialized in diabetes and metabolism, but had her license revoked in 2005.

More recently, Clinkingbeard filed to run on the May 15 Democratic primary ballot for the 1st District congressional seat, currently held by Republican Rep. Raul Labrador.

Police charged Clinkingbeard following a bizzare incident at the Staples store at the corner of Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard. Witnesses said Clinkingbeard had "made strange, threatening remarks" and pulled out a handgun. Police officers later stopped a vehicle containing Clinkingbeard and two other adults, who told law enforcement that they were unaware of what had happened in the store.

Prosecutors indicated that Clinkingbeard may have gone to Staples with the gun because she was "stalking" an employee's family member. They asked for a no-contact order protecting the Staples employees.

Clinkingbeard had been teaching an entry-level health and wellness course at CWI but was recently suspended. She had also taught a number of classes at Boise State and was teaching a biology class at the university this spring.

A review of her mental health evaluation is scheduled for May 4.

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