Avonmore man jailed after allegedly punching police officer
An Avonmore man was in jail Monday for allegedly rearranging traffic barriers in Route 56 work zone in Allegheny Township and then punching a police officer.
Police said Kory Clever, 22, is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, a felony, and other charges from the Sunday night incident. He was on probation from another case.
Another man, Dennis Shaulis, 23, of Graceton, Indiana County, cooperated with police and is only facing a single summary public drunkenness charge, township police Chief John Fontaine said.
Fontaine said officers were on patrol across the township but were alerted when several citizens called Westmoreland County 911.
Ironically, the work zone is very near the police station.
When officers arrived, Shaulis did what he was told, but Clever was still moving the barriers, police said.
Clever started to yell, getting louder and louder, as Patrolman Seth Hosack approached, before punching the much larger officer in the stomach, Fontaine said.
“He also was charged with terroristic threats because he threatened the officer and his family,” Fontaine said.
Moving work zone traffic barriers is dangerous, the chief said.
Approaching traffic could have been dangerously directed into oncoming lanes. “This could have a been a catastrophe.”
Clever is also charged with harassment, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.He was in the county jail Monday in lieu of $50,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing.
According to court records, Clever pleaded guilty in April to a 2012 burglary and aggravated assault in Avonmore. Clever was sentenced to serve up to seven months, with credit for time served, and ordered to serve two years of probation.
He has been separately sentenced for retail theft and receiving stolen property.
In July, Shaulis pleaded guilty to a theft charge from Indiana County. He was fined and placed on parole. He was released from parole on Aug. 19, court records show.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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