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May 8, 2013

City man held for trial in gun firing

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man accused of firing three shots on Franklin Street last month, sending residents scurrying, will stand trial in Cambrai County court.

Perry Black, 41, of the 1200 block of Franklin Street, was ordered held for court following a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury.

In a criminal complaint, city police said a woman arrived at Perry’s residence April 2 to retrieve her clothing.

The woman told officers that Black often supplies her with cocaine and she had spent the night there.

When the woman’s boyfriend came to the door, Black allegedly fired three rounds from a handgun. No one was injured in the shooting.

Police rushed to the scene and shut down a portion of Franklin Street. Residents were urged to stay inside.

Police detained Black at the scene. When they questioned him at the Public Safety Building on Washington Street, Black allegedly fought with officers.

He faces multiple charges including aggravated assault.

“It is a very serious charge,” Assistant District Attorney Wayne Langerholc said. “There was allegedly a weapon involved and firing of that weapon multiple times.”

Black is represented by Pittsburgh attorney Lyle Dresbold.

Black is being held in the Cambria County Prison.

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