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Police: Man Puts Gun To Snow Plow Driver's Head Over Snow Removal Dispute

UNION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) -- A Lawrence County man is facing charges after he allegedly put a gun to a snow plow driver's head who pushed some snow into his yard.

According to a police report, 64-year-old Richard Eckert was arrested, arraigned on several charges and released on $10,000 bond.

The incident happened Monday afternoon along Underwood Street in Union Township.

Police say Eckert became angry when the self-employed driver, John Abraham, accidentally pushed some snow into his yard while cleaning a neighbor's driveway.

"I went like this to put it in park and there was a gun right here in my face," Abraham said.

Eckert is then accused of taking a .22-calibur pistol out of his coat, and pressing it against Abraham's cheek, telling him to remove the snow.

"He said, 'what the (expletive) are you doing?'" said Abraham. "And I said, 'what do you mean?' He said, 'you're going to get a shovel and you're shoveling that snow out of my yard and putting it back in the street.'"

Abraham says Eckert grabbed his arm and tried to pull him out of his truck when he says Eckert put the gun in his face when he refused to get out.

When Abraham agreed, police say Eckert went back into the house. Police say he does not have a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon.

No one was injured in the incident.

Eckert has been charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, and recklessly endangering another person.

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