Steve Negri says that a plow driver accused him of throwing snow into the street while he used the device in his driveway.
He says tempers flared as he explained that the snowblower can throw snow 20 feet or so across the street.
By then, Negri says they both threatened to call the police. He says the driver got back in his truck, but instead of leaving, he gave him one more warning.
“When he got out of the vehicle is when I was pulling the trigger for the snowblower and it shot him with snow and shot the cab with snow,” Negri explained. “He started wiping himself off and he started screaming, ‘You’re going to get it now!’”
Eventually, two Franklin Park Borough police officers showed up to investigate. On Tuesday, Negri says an officer told him he would be charged with assault for allegedly throwing snow on a borough employee.
“When I asked, ‘Well did you ask the neighbor across the street who actually started this?’ He says, ‘I don’t need to.’
“I said, ‘What do you mean you don’t need to? It’s part of the investigation.’
“He said, ‘Look I’ve known him for 17 years – I know who he is I don’t know you so we’ll just let a judge sort this out,’” Negri said.
KDKA-TV’s Bob Allen tried to contact Franklin Borough Police for an explanation of the charge, which is a summary offense.
Negri says he looks forward to settling the matter in court.