MAN REPORTEDLY THREATENS CLARION WALMART AND FLEES POLICE

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Corsica, PA – A Jefferson County man is accused of threatening to shoot employees at the Clarion WalMart after he was put on hold while calling to ask about ammunition.

50-year-old James Stavinoha of Corsica is facing charges for terroristic threats, along with fleeing from police later the same day.

Police say that Stavinoha called the Clarion WalMart on Sunday afternoon and was transferred to the Sporting Goods section when he said he wanted to purchase .22 ammunition.

However, he became aggravated when it took too long. He allegedly told the WalMart operator, “I’m coming in with an AK-47 and shoot up you (expletive) people.”

Not even an hour later, Stavinoha showed up at the WalMart to purchase the ammunition, but eployees recognized him and told him to leave. A state trooper who was on the scene attempted to talk with Stavinoha in the parking lot, but he fled.

When police pulled him over in Clarion Township, they found that Stavinoha appeared to be drunk. He was taken to the hospital, where he refused chemical testing.

Another man and a juvenile boy were in Stavinoha’s Jeep during the chase. The boy says he was scared and told Stavinoha to pull over multiple times.

Stavinoha faces a felony charges of fleeing or attempting to elude officers, plus misdemeanors for DUI, terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment.

Unable to post $25,000 cash bail, he remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail. Stavinoha’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 20.


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