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Tarentum Council leader charged

Erica Hilliard, staff photographer
Tarentum council president Timothy Rapp.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

Tarentum Borough's council president is accused of stealing more than $4,000 worth of tools and other items from his longtime employer, ATI Allegheny Ludlum Corp.

Timothy Kurt Rapp, 56, of 204 E. Ninth Ave., Tarentum, is charged by state police with theft and receiving property.

Contacted by telephone, Rapp said he had not heard about charges, which were filed on Friday. Rapp said he was under the impression that he would be allowed to repay the company and retire.

A higher-ranking state trooper said that action was vetoed by an unidentified company official who wanted charges to be filed.

State police said Rapp took the items from the company, where he has been employed for about 38 years. The tools and unidentified materials were found inside Rapp's residence and a detached garage.

Feb. 3 is listed as the date of the alleged crime.

“I don't know what to say. I'm totally embarrassed,” Rapp said. “I wasn't taking it to sell it.”

Rapp declined to say more until he has an attorney.

He is scheduled to be have a court date on March 12 at District Judge Carolyn Bengel's office in Brackenridge.

An affidavit filed on Friday by a trooper wasn't immediately made public because Bengel hadn't reviewed it.

Rapp was appointed to Tarentum Council in 2004. He was elected 1st Ward councilman in 2005 after receiving about 65 percent of the vote.

He was re-elected in 2009 and voted to be council president.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reachedat 724-226-4711



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