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Man accused of trying to contact Chelsea Clinton misses D.C. court date

August 12, 1997

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) _ A man accused of trying to make unwanted contact with Chelsea Clinton and storing an unlicensed gun near the White House missed a court date in Washington Monday because he couldn’t make bail in New Jersey.

Secret Service agents arrested Vladimir Zelenkov at his home in Elizabeth Aug. 6 on charges he had an unlicensed semiautomatic weapon and ammunition stored a block from the White House.

Zelenkov ``has been making attempts to contact″ Chelsea, said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jan Gilhooly without being more specific.

Zelenkov was freed without bail a day later by a federal magistrate who told him to stop trying to contact Ms. Clinton. He was ordered to appear in court in Washington on Monday, his 27th birthday.

But later in the day, Zelenkov was arrested for driving with a suspended license and jailed. He remained jailed on $500 bail Monday, said court spokeswoman Sandy Thaller-Berber.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Keaney in Washington said Zelenkov would have to make bail before being able to be taken to court in Washington. He said he was unsure when the proceeding will take place.

``That status could change hour to hour,″ Keaney said.