Braddock Hills police officer arrested by Donegal police

September 17, 2013
Thomas Weaver

An officer with an Allegheny County police department was arrested Monday by Donegal Township police for allegedly assaulting his wife after she met him to drop off their children in a Claysville church parking lot.

Thomas Calvin Weaver III, 29, of 145 Lyons Road, West Alexander, is accused of grabbing Jennifer Weaver by the throat and throwing her against her car. Police said he also allegedly threatened to kill her and the man with whom he believed she was having an affair, and told his wife that he would kill her if she returned home that night.

Jennifer Weaver, who reported the incident to police at the station, said she had gone to Claysville United Presbyterian Church to meet her husband and drop off their children so that she could go to work.

She told police that after the children were placed in his vehicle, he became angry and grabbed her by the neck before throwing her back against her car. Jennifer Weaver told police she had to scratch her husband’s face and kick him in the groin to get him off her.

Thomas Weaver reportedly stood at her car door and screamed about the alleged affair. Jennifer Weaver said she checked on her children, who were crying. She told Donegal police she was afraid to go home and that her husband owns several firearms.

Donegal police Sgt. Ron Catrain Jr. said Weaver turned himself in Monday night at the police station. Catrain said while he was aware Weaver lived in the township, the only other involvement the department had with him was regarding a 2011 protection-from-abuse order obtained by his wife.

Weaver was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on two counts of terroristic threats and one count each of simple assault and harassment.

He was released from Washington County jail after posting $2,500 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 26 before District Judge Ethan Ward. Neither Braddock Hills Mayor Mark Vogel nor police Chief Dean Helinski returned telephone calls seeking comment.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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