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Clarion Woman Accused of Threatening Foster Parents, CYS Employees

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Kari McQuiston

amanda-dunkle-mugCLARION BOROUGH, Pa. – A Clarion woman faces a preliminary hearing today on charges related to alleged threats against a foster family and employees of Clarion County CYS.

Amanda Rae Dunkle, 23, is facing two counts of first-degree misdemeanor Terroristic Threats with Intent To Terrorize Another.

A criminal complaint filed by Clarion Borough Police Officer Wright indicates Dunkle allegedly sent Facebook messages to a known woman on July 1 around 9:42 a.m. in an attempt to locate her 6-month-old daughter who is in foster care.

According to the criminal complaint, the known woman is a foster parent to Dunkle’s daughter.

Officer Wright contacted Dunkle and instructed her to cease contact with her daughter’s foster family, or she would be charged with harassment. Dunkle advised that she understood, according to the criminal complaint.

Around 11:47 a.m., it was discovered that Dunkle allegedly posted a threatening status update on Facebook.

Officer Wright was able to obtain a printed copy of the post.

It stated, “I’m about to lose it. I swear to God something bads gonna happen if I can’t calm myself down … cause right now there is an entire family the sin in me is willing to burn to the ground. It took two officers 25 minutes to get me down when I was completely shit faced. How many think they can handle me sober! This county is about ready to push me to the edge and when I snap blood is going to shed.”

Officer Wright was advised by Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron to take Dunkle into custody.

The criminal complaint states that Officer Wright contacted Dunkle via phone and asked her to go to the Clarion Borough Police Department. Dunkle declined.

“I advised Dunkle that if she did not come into the police department that I would be coming to look for her,” said Officer Wright in the criminal complaint.

Dunkle arrived at the Clarion Borough Police Department within thirty minutes.

When Officer Wright asked Dunkle about the Facebook post, she said “she did not specify who the post was about.”

Dunkle was arrested and placed in a holding cell.

According to the criminal complaint, Officer Wright asked Dunkle for permission to search her phone and photograph the evidence.

Dunkle agreed and signed a consent to search form.

Officer Wright was able to confirm both the messages and the threatening Facebook post.

Dunkle remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.

She faces a preliminary hearing on July 11 at 1:30 p.m. with Judge Duane Quinn presiding.

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