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Homeless man jailed following disturbance

A homeless man was locked up on attempted robbery and related charges after he lunged over a counter at a clerk and attempted to grab her at the Turkey Hill on Euclid Avenue in DuBoistown, state police alleged in court papers.

Upset that the clerk would not give him three packs of cigarettes until he paid her, Calvin Eure, lunged at the woman in front of other customers inside the store about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The clerk “leaped backwards and was in fear” that Eure would harm her, Trooper Jonathan Thompson said in an affidavit.

“Having failed to get the cigarettes, Eure walked around the counter area and removed four pairs of sunglasses that were displayed for sale” and walked out of the store without paying for them, Thompson said.

When a witness confronted him, Eure “engaged in combative behavior with the witness,” who held him until police arrived on the scene, Thompson said. Neither the witness nor the clerk were identified in court papers.

Charged with attempted robbery, felony shoplifting (this was his third shoplifting arrest), disorderly conduct and harassment, Eure, 46, was arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey.

During the arraignment, Eure repeatedly used obscene language, refusing to answer any of the judge’s questions. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.