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Monessen driver cited for blocking snow plow

| Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 12:21 a.m.

A Monessen man was cited for allegedly using his vehicle to obstruct a city worker from driving his plow truck Feb. 15 along Rostraver Street before berating him with obscenities.

Keith J. Koltash, 59, of 1525 Rostraver St., was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct after police said he blocked the roadway near Libby's Dairy Bar, not allowing city employee Andre Crosby to drive his salt truck past while refusing to pull to the side. Crosby was treating snow-covered city roads at the time, police said.

Monessen police Officer Dave Yuhasz said Koltash was “highly irate” and yelling in the roadway, accusing Crosby of making bodily harm threats to him.Crosby was “calm and collected” during the incident, Yuhasz said.

Crosby told police that instead of pulling into a side space to let him pass, Koltash allegedly pulled his Jeep into the path of the plow and began screaming and “cussing,” saying he wanted the plow truck to move out of the way for him.

City road supervisor Leonard Billy told police he heard Koltash yelling at Crosby, as did two neighbors. One neighbor, Carl Cooper, was out shoveling his sidewalk and told Yuhasz he was upset because of Koltash's purported foul language and that he had young children inside his residence.

Another neighbor, John Howarth, said he was awakened by Koltash's alleged yelling. Howarth told police he saw Koltash get out of his Jeep and begin yelling obscenities to Crosby.

Both neighbors said they did not hear or see Crosby ever threaten Koltash, police said.

A 911 operator, who answered a call placed by Koltash during the incident, said he was yelling into the phone for police to come to the scene before hearing the caller yell and use profanities toward another person, Yuhasz said.

Police said Koltash later came to the police station to file charges against Crosby saying the 911 operator heard Crosby make threats. Yuhasz said he told Koltash that 911 only heard him yelling at Crosby.

Police told Koltash he would be cited for his alleged actions and asked him to leave the property.

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