Punxsy Man Facing Charges for Threatening to Shoot People at Area Hospital

YOUNG TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney man is facing criminal charges related to an incident in which he is accused of threatening to “start shooting people” at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 54-year-old James D Stewart.

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:30 p.m. on October 24, 2019, a known man contacted the Punxsutawney-based State Police to report that the Punxsutawney Area Hospital had received a threatening phone call from James D Stewart.

The man explained Stewart became angry when he could not be cleared by medical professionals to operate a motor vehicle. Stewart allegedly became irate on the phone when informed he could not get his driver’s license back, and allegedly stated, “What am I gonna have to do, come up there and start shooting people?” the complaint states.

The complaint notes that during an interview on October 25, Stewart admitted he had made threats to shoot people at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

The following charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office February 4:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Disorderly Conduct – Engage in Fighting, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, with Judge Mizerock presiding.


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