Police arrest man accused of killing woman’s dogs


CLEARFIELD COUNTY — A Clearfield County man accused of shooting and killing two dogs and threatening a woman has been apprehended.

Police have been looking since Oct. 23 for James Potts, 18, whose address is listed on various court documents as Coalport, Flinton and Fallentimber.

Potts was arraigned Friday before District Judge James Glass on charges of felony aggravated cruelty to animals, conspiracy/aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, intimidation of a witness, cruelty to animals and various counts of conspiracy, according to court documents.

The charges stem from an incident that took place at 1:13 a.m. Sept. 5 at a residence on Oak Ridge Road in Jordan Township.

Police said that Potts and two others, William Coch­ran, 33, of Coalport and Jo­seph Brown, 23, of Fallentimber, got out of their vehicle reportedly wearing bandanas over their faces. The trio walked to the porch of the home where they confronted a female occupant, according to authorities.

Potts allegedly pointed a shotgun at the woman and demanded she get down on the ground. She became afraid and released two dogs for her protection.

Potts reportedly shot and killed both dogs.

Early in October, a witness to the incident told police what she had seen and indicated that she was told by the defendants to “keep your mouth shut or we will hurt you and your family.”

The two others charged in the animal cruelty case, Cochran and Brown, are charged with felony conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals and various misdemeanor counts of conspiracy.

Cochran is being held in the county jail on $120,000 bail and Brown was released in November after his $30,000 bail was reduced to $5,000 and he posted it.

Potts is being held without bail in the Clearfield County Jail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

In a separate case, Potts was charged in late September with assaulting a man in Irvona. The affidavit in that case details how Potts allegedly struck a man with the barrel of a shotgun before leaving the scene.

Later that day, he was reportedly chased by police until he crashed a vehicle and was taken into custody.

He was incarcerated at the county jail on both of these cases until Oct. 16, when he posted $50,000 bail, according to court documents.