Man denied ice cream sales license jailed for alleged threats

When the county denied him a business license to sell ice cream from a vehicle, Charles Cormier Clifford apparently became angry -- which isn’t a crime -- but then he allegedly said he’d “shoot up the place,” which is.

Clifford was charged with making terroristic threats and is being held without bond in the Cherokee Adult Detention Center, according to Lt. Jay Baker of the County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened Monday in the business license office at The Bluffs, the Cherokee County Administration Building in Canton, Baker said.

Witnesses told investigators that when Clifford’s license application was rejected because he had failed to provide the proper paperwork, “Clifford threatened to ‘shoot up the place’ before leaving the building,” Baker said.

About three people witnessed the incident, the sheriff’s spokesman said.

Investigators went to Clifford’s home Monday afternoon and arrested him without incident. He is expected to have a bond hearing Wednesday, Baker said.