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Man angry about painkiller mistake threatens to blow up health building, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A 61-year-old man is accused of threatening to destroy a public health building Monday night over of an apparent mistake with his medication.

William Arnold Schumate, 61, of 345 22nd Ave. S, Apt. 2, is charged with threatening to discharge a destructive device, a felony, and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail at the Pinellas County Jail.

Schumate, claiming he'd been given the wrong painkilling medication, threatened to blow up the Pinellas County Department of Health and Human Services at 645 First Ave. N around 5:10 p.m., St. Petersburg police spokesman George Kajtsa said.

He was arrested about an hour later because he identified himself while complaining.

Health program manager Edwin Hernandez told Schumate he would have to get a new prescription from his physician "and that apparently upset Mr, Schumate," Kajtsa said.


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