Cops: Penn Township woman disrupted porch party with ethnic intimidation

TribLIVE.com | 8/14/2019 | Staff
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A Penn Township couple alleges that a porch party was disrupted Saturday by a neighbor hitting their backyard fence with an aluminum baseball bat as she yelled threatening racial epithets toward the gathering, township police said.

Beth D. Knapp, 50, of Nancy Drive was charged with ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct by township police after the 10:54 p.m. incident. The complaints were served on Knapp via mailed summons by Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler’s office.

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Patrolman Thomas Seefeld said the male victim who hosted the porch party is black.

Seefeld reported in court documents that the couple were on the back deck with family and friends “when a white female began striking their wooden fence with a baseball bat while yelling racial slurs.”

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According to court documents, Seefeld reported that Knapp had telephoned township police several times that evening complaining about the music coming from the porch party in the couple’s fenced-in backyard.

“During (an earlier) conversation with Knapp, she repeatedly yelled obscenities at me and expressed her displeasure with the gathering,” Seefeld wrote in court documents.

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At one point, Seefeld reported Knapp handed the telephone to her (boyfriend), and he could hear Beth’s voice in the background say, “(expletive ) this, I’m gonna take matters into my own hands.”

A short time later, Seefeld said police received a telephone complaint from the victims who live on a nearby street.

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“The male said he was afraid for his safety due to to Knapp’s use of racial slurs and violent behavior,” Seefeld said.

Seefeld said that the incident was witnessed by several people including the victims and was captured on cell phone video.

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When police arrived, Seefeld asked Knapp why she damaged the neighbor’s fence with a bat.

“Because you wouldn’t do anything about it,” Seefeld...
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