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Man who caused havoc in ER waives hearing
Thursday, December 24, 2009
By Liza Matia Staff Writer
An Osceola Mills man charged with aggravated assault waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday at centralized court. Stephen Kohute Jr., 24, was charged with aggravated and simple assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness following a Dec. 17 incident.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were called to the Clearfield Hospital emergency room at approximately 8:50 p.m. for a report of an out-of-control patient. Kohute had been taken to the emergency room by Moshannon Valley Emergency Management Services after complaining of tightness in his chest and breathing trouble. He reportedly told the doctor that he had taken heroin and Adderall, and said he took Ritalin the day before.
Kohute refused cardiac monitoring and other medical evaluations at the hospital. According to the complaint, he told the doctor that he "was not suicidal" and said he had just been "partying." He then threatened to kill the medics who had taken him to the emergency room. Kohute continued to refuse medical treatment even though the doctor warned he could face death or permanent disability.
Kohute reportedly told the doctor that he would kill him and his family when he was released from the hospital. He was moved to a private room, where he grabbed the doctor's head and again made threats against him and his family. A nurse who had been on duty that night told police that Kohute said that "everyone was going to die" that night and said "the doctor dressed in green would be dead."
When officers arrived on scene they found the defendant on the bed. When police walked into the room, Kohute jumped to his feet. He appeared agitated and "clearly under the influence."
According to the complaint, Kohute was very jittery and nervous and was rambling about killing people.
He also threatened to disarm the officers if necessary. Kohute reportedly became "very aggressive," clenched his fists, backed into a corner and continued making threats.
When the doctor requested police arrest Kohute, the defendant refused numerous orders from officers.
He backed into a corner again, jumped up and down with his fists clenched and said, "Let's do this."
Police threatened to tase the man. Kohute replied that he would take the officer's gun and "kill everyone in the room." When the officer stepped toward Kohute, he lunged and pulled the officer's taser from his holster. Another officer pulled his own taser and deployed it, making direct contact with Kohute. When he fell to the floor, police took Kohute into custody.
"You're lucky you were as quick as you were," Kohute told police once he was in custody. "If I had time to pull the trigger, you'd be dead."
The police complaint noted that Kohute believed he had grabbed the officer's weapon, not his taser.
Kohute was released on supervised bail with the condition that he attend mandatory drug and alcohol treatment.
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A Karthaus man who allowed a 12-year-old to drive his car waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Duane Granite, 44, faces charges of endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, disorderly conduct, permitting unauthorized person to drive and permitting violation of title.
Granite was charged following an Oct. 17 incident. According to the affidavit of probable cause, he picked up several juveniles from the Moshannon Valley Superbowl and then stopped at a pizza place in Hawk Run. He instructed a 12-year-old girl to drive his car so that he could shoot a pellet gun out the window as they drove around the Hawk Run area.
Granite is currently free on bail.
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