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February 12, 2014

Police: Man pulls gun on snow plow driver

NEW CASTLE — A Union Township man is accused of pulling a gun on a snow plow driver.

State police said a self-employed snow plow driver was plowing snow at a house on Underwood Street at 2 p.m. Monday and he accidentally pushed a small amount of snow into the yard of 64-year-old Richard Loyal Eckert, who lives across the road at 1920 Underwood St.

Police said Eckert became irate and confronted the plow driver, who was in his truck in the neighbor’s driveway with his window open.

The snow plow driver told police that Eckert pulled a .22-caliber pistol from his clothing and placed the gun against his face and tried to drag him out of his vehicle.

Eckert allegedly threatened to shoot the driver if he did not clean up his yard, according to reports.

The driver told police he agreed to remove the snow  and Eckert calmed down and went back into his house.

Police said they arrested Eckert after a brief stand-off. He is charged with aggravated and simple assault, carrying a concealed weapon without a license, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned before District Judge Scott McGrath and released on $10,000 bond.

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