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Pa. man faces prosecution in Hancock clinic incident

November 03, 2000

Pa. man faces prosecution in Hancock clinic incident



Probable cause was found Thursday to continue the prosecution of a Warfordsburg, Pa., man who Hancock police say pointed a loaded weapon at a woman and fired a shot inside a busy medical clinic in Hancock Sept. 26.

Noble Peck, 49, of Route 2, Box 340, Warfordsburg, Pa., was charged with first- and second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

He has been free on $10,000 bond.

A trial date has not been set. Visiting Judge Janice Ambrose was on the bench.

Peck went into the Tri-State Community Health Clinic at 130 W. High St. in Hancock around 6 p.m., pointed a loaded 20-gauge shotgun at a woman employee and put his finger on the trigger, according to allegations in charging documents filed in Washington County District Court.

Peck then knelt down, placed the gun under his chin and fired a round that went into the ceiling, charging documents allege.

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Peck "demanded drugs to end his life," according to allegations in charging documents. Police said he had been treated at the clinic in the past.

Peck left the building and walked to his pickup truck in the clinic parking lot, charging documents said. Reaching into the truck, Peck grabbed a can of beer and started to drink it, charging documents said.

Maryland State Police troopers and Hancock Police took him into custody without incident and took him to Hagerstown for a psychiatric evaluation.

Peck was released later after posting bond.

-Marlo Barnhart

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