2011-10-20 / Obituaries

Craigslist Threat Was ‘Free Speech’

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A man jailed on federal charges that he threatened a western Pennsylvania police chief on Craigslist wants the indictment dismissed, claiming the insulting message was an exaggerated complaint and, therefore, free speech.

The federal grand jury indictment charging 30-yearold Adrian Stock, of Jeannette, was unsealed in August.

Authorities say Stock posted the message Feb. 9 after Irwin police Chief Joseph Pocsatko gave him a $110 ticket for driving while his vehicle's windows weren't clear of ice and snow.

The message talks of Stock's wish to use tow chains to drag the chief and his car into a creek and ends with Stock’s desire to send the chief to hell.

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