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Man charged in Pa. gun case

August 23, 2000

Man charged in Pa. gun case



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 24-year-old Quincy Township man was being held in Franklin County Prison Wednesday on charges of shooting a handgun into the air following a verbal argument with another man on West Main Street around 1:30 a.m., according to records in the office of District Justice Larry Pentz.

Donald P. Socks of 7180 Slabtown Road, was charged with carrying a handgun without a license, discharging a firearm within borough limits and disorderly conduct, court records said.

According to court records, a Waynesboro police officer was dispatched to Kallaway's Tavern at 308 W. Main St. after a passerby called to report that he had heard gunshots and saw a white man standing outside holding a handgun. The gun was at the man's side and was pointing down toward the ground, the report said.

When police arrived they found Socks sitting on a porch at 14 1/2 S. Franklin St.

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Police alleged he told them he had hidden a nine-shot, .22-caliber pistol behind a garbage pile at 306 W. Main St.

According to court records, witnesses said a man was squealing tires in the area of 321 W. Main St. , and several people asked him to stop but he ignored them.

Words were exchanged and the driver got out of his vehicle with a tire iron and threatened several people with it, court records alleged.

Socks went to his vehicle, pulled a gun from under the seat and fired five times into the air, according to allegations contained in court records.

The driver of the car that squealed the tires left the area, court records said.

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