The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 30, 2012

In brief: Man accused of pulling a handgun


Staff and wire reports

BOLIVAR — A Fairfield Township man was charged with terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person Thursday, accused of threatening another man’s life with a handgun.

State police said Richard L. Wisner, 45, of Manor Lane, pulled a handgun on a 20-year-old man.

Wisner was taken into custody and lodged in Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post his $25,000 bond.

Shanksville driver hurt in crash

SHANKSVILLE – A Shanks-ville man received minor injuries early Sunday after his car was struck by another vehicle.

State police in Somerset said Randy Kimmel Jr., 23, failed to stop his car at a stop sign on a snow-covered Main Street and continued into the other car’s path.

The other motorist, Gregory Sipe, 21, of Friedens, was not injured.

Cops: Man’s death may be linked to robbery

TORRANCE – A 24-year-old New Florence man was killed Saturday, possibly in an attempt to rob a drug dealer in Derry Township, state police said.

State police in Greensburg said Michael Volk, 24, was found dead in a Stone Quarry Road home in Derry with several gunshot head wounds.

They said Volk allegedly conspired with three people – all of them currently in police custody for conspiracy to commit robbery – to rob a dealer named “Mitch,” who has since fled wearing gray clothing, including a gray hooded shirt and Oakland Raiders skull cap.

Police said the man, who is black, has a chipped tooth and stands at approximately 5’10.”

The man was reportedly seen fleeing in a maroon coupe with a roof that did not match the car body’s color, investigators said.

Gulf widens in gun debate

WEXFORD – Inside the Big Buck Sport Shop, where mounted moose and deer heads loom over rifles, handguns, targets and ammunition, the customers have no doubt: More gun laws will not save lives.

Fifteen miles south, in the city of Pittsburgh, many confronted by a steady stream of gun violence are just as certain: To reduce the carnage, stricter gun control is needed.

This divide has existed for decades, separating America into hostile camps of conservative vs. liberal, rural vs. urban.

After the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the gulf has rarely felt wider than now.

After the gunman invaded an elementary school with a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and magazines of 30 bullets each, there was a brief moment of unity amid the nation’s grief.

Many wondered if even the National Rifle Association would adjust its staunch opposition to gun control.

Then both sides regrouped and positions hardened.

Apollo teen dies in sledding accident

PITTSBURGH – Officials in western Pennsylvania said a teenager died of injuries after a sledding accident.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said 16-year-old Jenna Prusia of Apollo was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. Friday at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Authorities said the Kiski Area High School junior was flown to the hospital after she was injured while sledding on private property in Bell, Westmoreland County.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office ruled that she died of head injuries.

Police kill theft suspect outside Kmart

SPRINGETTSBURY TWP. – Authorities in south-central Pennsylvania have released the identity of a theft suspect who was shot and killed by police in a confrontation outside a Kmart store.

The York Daily Record said police in York County identified the victim as 40-year-old Thomas William Shultz of York.

Springettsbury Township officers were called to the store just before 7 p.m. Saturday after a retail theft was reported.

Police Chief Thomas Hyers said four officers managed to get the suspect outside, but he had a knife and refused to drop it, even after being hit by a stun gun. Hyers said the man charged at two officers, and both fired. Shultz was pronounced dead at York Hospital.

Hyers would not identify the officers but says their actions appear justified.

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