Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CITY/SOUTH [Derived Headline]

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MAN ARRESTED IN THREAT TO STADIUM ENTERS PLEA

A man extradited from Texas to face charges that he threatened to shoot up Heinz Field during a Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game last month appeared briefly before a federal magistrate judge Thursday to enter a standard not guilty plea.

Yuttana Choochongkol, 40, who lives in San Antonio, is being detained without bond pending trial on orders of U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab.

Mr. Choochongkol is charged with three counts of transmitting interstate threats.

The U.S. attorney's office said that in January he sent three communications saying he was going to shoot fans and players during the Jan. 14 game between the Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers lost, 45-42.

Prosecutors said he sent KDKA-TV's website a message Jan. 10 that he was going to carry out a mass shooting and then kill himself. He sent two other similar communications to the Heinz Field website.

The FBI's anti-terrorism squad in Pittsburgh tracked the messages to San Antonio, where he was arrested Jan. 12 and held in custody.

A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh indicted him Feb. 6.

2003 SLAYING LINKED TO DISPUTE OVER MARIJUANA

A homicide that prompted a man to go on the run for 14 years might have been motivated by a dispute over marijuana, according to court records.

Keith Thompson, 37, of the Bahamas was arrested last month in Jamaica and is now housed in the Allegheny County Jail. He is charged in the 2003 killing of Michael Brown, 34, of the Bronx.

Mr. Brown regularly drove quantities of marijuana from New York City to Pittsburgh, his girlfriend told authorities at the time.

She was not identified in court records, but said she had accompanied him on previous trips.

She did not go with Mr. Brown when left for a run to Pittsburgh on June 26, 2003, she said. She last spoke to him three days later, when he told her he felt unsafe. …

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