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Hearing Delayed for Former Leavitt Aide

Hearing Delayed for Former Leavitt Aide

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The first court appearance for the former chief of staff for former Governor Mike Leavitt, charged in a road rage incident, has been delayed.

Fifty-four-year-old Bob Gross was accused of brandishing a gun during the altercation with a truck driver on Interstate 15 last August. He was scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Monday, but a judge postponed that until November 29th.

Gross allegedly pulled out a handgun after exchanging hand gestures with the truck driver. Gross said he pulled the gun out because he felt unsafe. He holds a concealed-gun permit.

Court documents say troopers found his handgun under the driver's seat along with three loaded magazines in the center console.

Gross was Leavitt's chief of staff in 1997. He had previously lost a bid for Utah's First Congressional District. Gross more recently spent four months in Baghdad advising U-S officials attempting to rebuild Iraq.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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