Bullskin burglary suspect charged with threatening witness
A Springfield Township man who allegedly forced his way into a Bullskin business in October had charges filed against him after he allegedly threatened the witness.
In the early morning of Oct. 11, Keith Wayne Nicholson, 38, of 161 Laws Road, Normalville, forced his way into Martin Auto Wreckers only to find a 55-year-old man inside.
Police said Nicholson sprayed the man with a fire extinguisher during the burglary attempt.
Nicholson was found in possession of a drill bit set and two wrench sets, valued at about $500, that belonged to the victim, state police said.
State police at Uniontown reported that later that day, Nicholson contacted the man via telephone in a threatening manner.
Nicholson was originally charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, possessing an instrument of crime, simple assault, criminal mischief, harassment, unlawful operation of an all-terrain vehicle on a street and two counts of receiving stolen property.
The new charges include retaliation against a witness or victim and harassment at District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.'s office. Police reported that Nicholson was booked at the Fayette County Prison with bond set at $50,000.
A preliminary hearing was set at 2:15 p.m. Thursday before Haggerty.
Mark Hofmann can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3539.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.