Franklin man charged with intimidation, obstruction

From staff reports

A Franklin man is facing charges for intimidation and obstruction.

Sugarcreek Borough police said in a criminal complaint that Cody Latchaw, 33, tried to pay a woman to drop charges brought against Ashley Pillsbury, who had been accused of making unauthorized purchases with the woman’s debit card.

Charges were filed against Pillsbury in July, but she failed to respond to a summons and was taken into custody recently by Oil City police, according to the complaint.

Pillsbury was charged with misdemeanor counts of theft and accessing a device not authorized by the issuer.

Sugarcreek police said Latshaw was present during Pillsbury’s preliminary hearing earlier this month, and he made comments during the hearing to Pillsbury and others in the courtroom.

After the hearing, Latshaw contacted the alleged victim and offered to send a check for the money Pillsbury was accused of spending on the debit card, according to the complaint.

The woman confirmed to police that Latshaw had made an offer, but the woman told police she refused the offer, the complaint said.

Latchaw is facing misdemeanor counts of intimidating witness/victim, obstructing the administration of law, hindering apprehension/prosecution, and concealing/destroying evidence.