MERCER – Charges of terroristic threats and harassment were waived to court during a preliminary hearing Friday for a West Middlesex councilwoman accused of pointing a gun at police officers.

Cynthia Gilkey, 41, of 38 Haywood St., West Middlesex, also was charged with aggravated assault for pointing the loaded gun at Shenango Township police officers, but those charges were withdrawn.

Gilkey’s boyfriend, Brad Reinhart, pleaded guilty to a summary charge of disorderly conduct for his part in the disturbance. He was sentenced to a $100 fine and court costs.

Shenango Township police said Gilkey had been exchanging harassing and threatening texts on April 7 with a woman she had encountered earlier in the evening at two bars in West Middlesex.

Gilkey saw the other woman at the West Middlesex VFW sitting next to Reinhart and the two women began arguing. Both women went separately to a second establishment, the Golden Bear, but had no contact.

Later, however, police said the other woman received obscene and threatening text messages from a phone believed to be Reinhart’s. 

Officers went to Gilkey’s home to tell her to stop sending texts to the other woman.

When officers knocked on Gilkey’s front door and identified themselves, police said an officer saw her through a small window as she pointed a gun at the door and approached the officers.

The police officers retreated from the front door and Gilkey emerged, unarmed with her hands above her head, a short time later. Police recovered the weapon and found that it was loaded.

According to the criminal complaint, police entered the residence, Reinhart entered Gilkey’s living room and approached the officers. He disobeyed orders to drop to his knees and began backing away until one of the officers used a Taser to subdue him.

Senior Magisterial District Judge Frank Abate Jr., of Erie County, conducted the preliminary hearing, filling in for Judge Daniel W. Davis in Mercer.

Gilkey was elected in 2017 to a four-year term as a borough councilwoman and is council vice president.

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