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    Default Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    http://www.timesleader.com/news/Four...in-woods-.html




    11:21 AM
    Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    HAZLETON - Four people were arraigned Friday on charges they discharged firearms in a wooded area.

    Colin Dufallo, 28, of Cumbola, Erica L. Williams, 24, of McAdoo, Phillip N. Williams, 28, of Freeland, and John M. Williams, 27, of McAdoo, were charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and discharge of firearms. They were released on $5,000 unsecured bail each after their arraignments in Wilkes-Barre Central Court.

    According to the criminal complaints:

    Police investigating an unrelated incident on Lincoln Street heard gunfire in a wooded area near culm banks at about 4 p.m. A spent round nearly struck an officer walking in the woods toward the gunfire.

    Police said in the criminal complaint that one of the four people was carrying an assault rifle. Two handguns, a .40-caliber and a .357-caliber, were seized, police said.

    Police said the four people apologized and were not aware that others were nearby.

    Preliminary hearings are scheduled on March 2 before District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton.
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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    Hmmm......more details needed.

    Does Hazelton have an ordinance covering the discharge of a firearm within its boundries?

    Reckless endagerment?? Hmm.....depends on where they were shooting. Did they have a good back stop??? Firing towards homes or roads??

    The DC charge??? Well.....probably included so that if the other two are dropped they can plead to DC.

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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    Hmmm......more details needed.

    Does Hazelton have an ordinance covering the discharge of a firearm within its boundries?

    Reckless endagerment?? Hmm.....depends on where they were shooting. Did they have a good back stop??? Firing towards homes or roads??

    The DC charge??? Well.....probably included so that if the other two are dropped they can plead to DC.


    Indeed. Every time I go to the range, I'm shooting in the woods, and almost always, "people are nearby".

    Oh, and I usually have an assault rifle and several handguns. Reporting FAIL.
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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    Hmmm......more details needed.

    Does Hazelton have an ordinance covering the discharge of a firearm within its boundries?

    Reckless endagerment?? Hmm.....depends on where they were shooting. Did they have a good back stop??? Firing towards homes or roads??

    The DC charge??? Well.....probably included so that if the other two are dropped they can plead to DC.
    Yes Hazleton does have an ordinance covering the discharge of a firearm within its boundries.

    These assholes were firing in a little wooded area right next to a shopping plaza. There is no backstop other than people and cars.

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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    those spent rounds are mighty dangerous... after reading that, im sure the story is REALLY messed up.

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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    Couldn't find any specific ordinance in Hazleton regarding discharge of firearms. Tangentially there is a general noise disturbance ordinance (ORDINANCE 2006-6) which might(?) apply:
    NOISE DISTURBANCE Any noise ... would annoy or is likely to annoy, or disturb a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities ...
    Prohibited Acts

    A. General prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any person to make or cause to be made a noise disturbance within the limits of the City of Hazleton, except as otherwise permitted in this Ordinance.
    Suspect its another superficial misinterpretation/misreporting by the press and/or the story's source.
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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    Quote Originally Posted by cgbudde View Post
    Yes Hazleton does have an ordinance covering the discharge of a firearm within its boundries.

    These assholes were firing in a little wooded area right next to a shopping plaza. There is no backstop other than people and cars.
    Then the charges sound correct.

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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    Then the charges sound correct.
    Police said the four people apologized and were not aware that others were nearby
    Yeah , but they DID apologize!
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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    Quote Originally Posted by normanvin View Post
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    A spent round nearly struck an officer walking in the woods toward the gunfire.
    There lucky the LEO's didn't return fire.

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    Default Re: Four people charged for firing guns in woods

    Quote Originally Posted by tl_3237 View Post
    Couldn't find any specific ordinance in Hazleton regarding discharge of firearms. Tangentially there is a general noise disturbance ordinance (ORDINANCE 2006-6) which might(?) apply:

    NOISE DISTURBANCE Any noise ... would annoy or is likely to annoy, or disturb a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities ...
    Does that ordinance apply to people playing rap music?

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