Wilkinsburg man pleads guilty to threatening disabled Clairton police officer

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A Wilkinsburg man arrested after threatening a paralyzed Clairton police officer pleaded guilty today to charges of terroristic threats, harassment, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Irvin Glaze, 44, will be sentenced June 5 by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Beth A. Lazzara.

On Aug. 27, Mr. Glaze threatened former Clairton Officer James Kuzak, who uses a wheelchair after being shot following a home-invasion robbery in April 2011.

According to police, Mr. Glaze spoke to Officer Kuzak outside the courthouse and at one point became irate, threatening to kick the paralyzed officer out of his wheelchair.

The man ran into the courthouse. He was to attend a mental-health court hearing before Judge Lazzara. He was asked to leave, swung at a sheriff's deputy, and ultimately shocked with a Taser.

As a result of that incident, Mr. Glaze also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

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Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.


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