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December 11, 2012

Portage man charged in shooting

PORTAGE — A local man was arrested today on charges that he shot and wounded another borough man in what police say may be a drug-related incident.

The suspect, Benjamin Gorden Schoenfeld, 33, was arraigned on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.  He’s lodged in the county prison in lieu of $125,000 bond.

Police Chief Ed Miller said that the victim, 34-year-old Donald E. Lewis III, was shot once in the arm shortly before 2:30 this morning at his residence. He was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.


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