Regional
10:20 am
Wed September 29, 2004

Man Accused In Hoaxes Released

Panama City, FL – A man suspected of making hoax phone calls to fast food restaurants in Kentucky and Massachusetts and encouraging management to strip search employees has been released from jail.
Authorities in Panama City, Florida say they want to determine if they detained the right person.
37 year old David Stewart of Fountain, Florida is being monitored by a tracking device after a judge let him out of jail Tuesday. A court hearing is set for next week ti determine whether to continue the case against him.
Stweart had been held at the Bay County jail since his arrest at home in July on a fugitive warrant from Mt. Washington, Kentucky. He's accused of calling several fast food restaurants, posing as a police officer and ordering managers to strip search employees.
When Stewart returns to court, Kentucky authorities will have to present evidence that he is the person who should be extradited to stand trial.