Woman accused of pulling knife in store waives hearing

A Butler County woman facing numerous charges stemming from an incident last week in Emlenton Borough waived her preliminary hearing in the case Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

A criminal complaint filed through District Judge Patrick Lowrey’s office said 26-year-old Brittany Meckley, of Cabot, entered a convenience store, where her daughter’s father works as a manager, on Sept. 1 wielding a long stick.

The complaint said Meckley struck the man on the back left shoulder area before pulling a kitchen knife from her waist band and chasing him around the store, the complaint said.

During the assault, Meckley told her daughter’s father multiple times that she was going to kill him, the complaint said.

Eventually, the man fled the store into the parking lot area while Meckley got into her vehicle with her 2-month-old child inside and drove recklessly around the parking lot chasing after him, the complaint said.

The man sought refuge behind a larger border located on the perimeter of the property and Meckley immediately left the area, the complaint said.

Later that night, Meckley texted the man several times threatening to kill him, according to the complaint.

Meckley returned to the store Friday and told another employee she wanted to stab her daughter’s father, but he was not working at the time, the complaint said.

The employee told police that Meckley returned to her car in the parking lot and sat there with her child. The employee called police shortly after and they arrived to take Meckley into custody, the complaint said.

Upon the arrival of state police from Franklin and Clarion, a wooden stick and a knife were seen in Meckley’s vehicle, the complaint said.

Meckley has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, two misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, two counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count of recklessly endangering another person.

The charges are now bound over for further proceedings in the Court of Common Pleas. Meckley remains in the Venango County jail on $75,000 bail.