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Charges Filed Against Man Who Fired Gun at Peach Mountain Home Outside Pottsville

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State Police recently filed charges against a Sinking Spring man they say fired two shots at a home on Peach Mountain Road just outside Pottsville.

According to court documents, Mario Ernesto Cepeda, 54, faces a felony charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure. Police believe, on March 14 around 6 p.m., Cepeda fired two rounds at a residence on Peach Mountain Road in Norwegian Township.

Cepeda’s shots didn’t hit any person or the house. However, according to a police report. Instead, the bullets hit a new Mack truck belonging to the homeowner and a detached garage on the property.

Police estimate damages to the garage at about $500.

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Cepeda was due in David Plachko’s Magistrate court on Friday to be arraigned on the following charges:

  • Discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure (Felony-3)
  • Reckless endangerment (Misdemeanor-2)
  • Criminal mischief (Misdemeanor-2)

A preliminary hearing is schedule for March 24 at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile …

Auburn Man Fires Gun at Wall to Scare Off Unwanted Person in Home

State Police in Schuylkill Haven say 63-year-old Allen Johns, of Auburn, fired a gun at a wall in an attempt to scare off 30-year-old Brandon Johns, also of Auburn. The two were having a verbal argument along Summer Hill Rd. in South Manheim Township on March 14, around 9 p.m.

Police do not indicate in their report if these two are related.

Charges against Allen Johns were filed before District Judge James Reilly on March 15. Johns’ preliminary hearing scheduled for March 24 in front of District Judge James Ferrier has been continued until May 5.

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Johns faces misdemeanor charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault, and reckless endangerment.

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