DETROIT (AP) – The ex-wife of the Michigan state treasurer says a reporter at The Detroit News threatened to kill her with a baseball bat if she declined his friendship and complained about him to authorities.

A judge signed a one-year personal protection order against Leonard Fleming on Jan. 10. In her application, Carol Dillon says Fleming repeatedly threatened her and also sent sexually explicit photos of himself. There was no court hearing.

The court document doesn’t explain how they know each other. Phone messages seeking comment were left with Fleming and Dillon on Thursday. Dillon is the former wife of Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon. Records show they were divorced in October.

News managing editor Don Nauss says Fleming no longer covers Detroit city government. He declined further comment.

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