Verbal fight reportedly turns physical with introduction of firearm

An Osceola Mills man was taken into custody after an early Monday morning incident involving a firearm, police said.

According to state police at Clearfield, a verbal argument between two people took place at about 3 a.m. in the 600 block of French Street in Osceola Mills. Police said that argument turned physical when Mark S. Earnest, 52, pointed a shotgun in the other person’s direction. Earnest reportedly retreated down the hallway of the residence where the person chased him and attempted to pull the gun away.

That person reportedly suffered a cut on the hand during this altercation, police said. They both left the residence, where Earnest allegedly punched the individual in the face.

He was taken into custody and arraigned before District Judge Jerome Nevling, according to court documents, and charged with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and simple assault, and a summary charge of harassment. Bail was set at $50,000.

Earnest posted bail later that day and was released from Clearfield County Prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 20.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews