Atty: W. Pa. star Herb Pope to resolve threat case

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney says former western Pennsylvania high school basketball star Herb Pope is playing professional ball in Ukraine, but will return when his schedule permits to plead guilty to disorderly conduct for a barroom incident with a gun on New Year’s Eve.

A Beaver County judge issued a bench warrant Tuesday after Pope didn’t show at a non-jury trial on charges of terroristic threats and public drunkenness for allegedly pulling a gun on a bartender who refused to serve Pope’s underage friend.

But attorney Stephen Colafella tells The Associated Press the warrant was the result of miscommunication with the court, which got late notice that Pope would miss the court appearance due to his basketball obligations.

Colafella says a plea agreement has been worked out and Pope will instead plead guilty to the lesser charge.

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