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Police: Beccaria man allegedly threatened to burn house down

Selvage to stand trial on terroristic threat charge

CLEARFIELD — A Beccaria man will stand trial for threatening to burn down a home and assault a woman.

James Charles Selvage, 33, was charged by state police with misdemeanor terroristic threats and a summary harassment after an incident at a residence in Gulich Township, Clearfield County, on Sept. 13.

According to the affidavit, police arrived at the home to serve an involuntary commitment into a mental institute warrant on him.

Selvage was reportedly “very aggravated” as he was placed in handcuffs for transportation to the hospital for treatment.

On the way, he allegedly threatened several times to beat up the woman he felt responsible for the warrant and said he would burn her house down as soon as he got out of the hospital.

He also stated that when he got to the hospital he was going to “beat the doctor’s ass as soon as the handcuffs came off,” according to the criminal complaint.

After these comments, the troopers decided to transport Selvage to the county jail instead.

Once there, Selvage became upset, stating he didn’t mean anything he said and he wasn’t going to hurt anybody.

Selvage waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court, sending the case on to the Court of Common Pleas.

At that time, his bail was reduced to $25,000, unsecured and he was released from the jail.

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