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Man is charged with calling in threats to area Wal-Marts

Updated: 2012-12-20T23:23:32Z

By GLENN E. RICE

The Kansas City Star

A 51-year-old man has been charged by Clay County authorities with making threatening calls to several area Wal-Mart stores this week.

James W. Hunter of Kansas City faces a felony criminal charge of making a terrorist threat. He is accused of calling the store at 8301 N. Church Road in Kansas City, North, early Wednesday and saying he was going to “shoot up” the store and managers, according to court records.

Hunter allegedly made threatening calls to a store in Gladstone and said he left an explosive device inside the store on North Church.

That store was evacuated. No explosive packages were found.

Police found Hunter by tracking his cellphone. He allegedly told investigators that he was treated like a thief at the Church Road store in October and was still mad about the incident. He called the store Tuesday and again Wednesday, threatening to shoot the manager.

Hunter also said he was just blowing off steam and didn’t really intend to shoot anyone, according to court records. Hunter said he doesn’t own a gun and the threat to shoot anyone “slipped” out and he did not mean it, according to court records.

Bond was set at $20,000. Hunter is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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