Argument over grits leads to charges for Philipsburg man

A Philipsburg man is facing a terroristic threat charge after an alleged domestic incident in Philipsburg.

According to the criminal complaint filed by state police at Philipsburg, a trooper was alerted Saturday to a woman and a child who had come to the Reliance Fire Company to “get away from an abusive relationship.”

The woman told the trooper that at about 11 a.m., she and James D. Williams Jr., 27, were involved in a verbal argument over how she cooked his grits. She was “sick of feeling like she was being used,” so she took Williams’ cellphone.

When Williams confronted her about using his phone, he became aggravated, police said, threatening to kill the woman and “throw her down a flight of steps.” The woman reported being punched several times in the face and thrown to the ground.

She was then able to gather the child and her belongings to flee to the fire company.

The trooper interviewed Williams at about 1 p.m. He also reported that there had been an argument, but said he tried ignoring her.

When she said she was going to leave the residence, Williams got upset and didn’t want her to take his child out in the cold, police said. Williams then said the woman locked them together in a room, and she pushed him. He said he used a “little force” to try to get by her and escape the room. As he tried to get by her, they both fell. The woman allegedly fell into a dresser, marking up her face.

Williams was arraigned Saturday by District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and charged with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and simple assault and a summary count of harassment. Bail was set at $10,000.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews