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Man accused of pointing rifle at two county assessors at his home

August 27, 2018 News Extra

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MIDDLESEX TWP — A township man faces a hearing next month on charges he pointed a rifle at two county assessors who were on the job inspecting his property.

Lindsay McConnell, 58, is charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and harassment in connection with the incident July 16. No one was injured.

The employees of the Butler County Assessment Office had gone to the defendant's house about 10 a.m. to conduct a field check of his property, Middlesex Township police said.

A field check is a physical inspection of property during which assessors take measurements of structures and verify buildings on the property.

Police Sgt. Randy Ruediger said McConnell is performing a subdivison of the nearly 9 acres of property he owns.

The assessment office employees told police that they knocked on the door twice and rang the door bell but got no answer.

They eventually went to the back of the defendant's house and began to measure the deck and take photographs.

When the workers moved their inspection to the garage, police said, they reported seeing a man come up behind them and point an AR-15 rifle at them.

Read the full story in the Butler Eagle.

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