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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:47 p.m.

A Latrobe councilman is accused of pointing a gun at a neighbor and ordering the man off his property during an argument on Sunday.

Robert S. Forish, 50, of 517 Weldon St. was charged on Wednesday with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person for allegedly brandishing the firearm at Bruce Thompkins, 43, of 518 Weldon St.

Both of the charges filed before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady are misdemeanors. Forish is scheduled to be arraigned before Mahady on April 18, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 13.

Forish allegedly pointed a gun at Thompkins when he went to Forish's front door about 10 p.m. and accused the councilman of taking his photograph about an hour earlier, police said.

Forish told police that he took a photograph of a vehicle that frequents Thompkins' residence. He also said that he pointed his gun in the air, not at Thompkins, police reported.

Forish, who has served on council since 2009, could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or

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