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Man shot in tongue

Pa. man charged

May 21, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A Chambersburg man was being held on $1 million bail Monday in connection with a Saturday shooting at a borough motel that left one man hospitalized in critical condition.

Joseph Ward Jr., 45, of 682 Hillcrest Ave., Chambersburg, was charged with criminal attempted homicide and aggravated assault in the shooting of Dominick A. Negliaccio, 25, according to court records.

Police said Negliaccio told them the shooter told him to open his mouth and stick out his tongue and then shot him. The bullet passed through his mouth, destroying a large portion of his tongue, and exited through the right side of his neck, according to Chambersburg Police Detective Scott Mummert.

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Negliaccio, of 165 Sherwood Ave., St. Thomas, Pa., was taken to Chambersburg Hospital and transferred to York Hospital. He was listed in critical condition in the trauma surgical intensive care unit, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Chambersburg Police were called to Carson's Motel at 414 W. Loudon St. at 4:25 a.m. Saturday for an injured person and found Negliaccio in the lobby bleeding from the mouth, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

He had been shot in the mouth inside room 105, a room he had rented earlier, the affidavit said.

Negliaccio described the shooter as a black male in his 30s, weighing 130 to 160 pounds and driving a light-colored Ford Escort, according to court records. He said he had met the man earlier that day at Razzles, a nightclub in Chambersburg.

Chambersburg Police stopped a silver Ford Escort about a half-hour later on South Second Street. The operator was later identified as Wolf, court records show.

Police found a loaded Titan .25-caliber automatic pistol underneath the seat of his car. Police also found a spent .25-caliber casing in Negliaccio's room, according to the affidavit.

Ward was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for a gunshot wound to the left forearm, police said.

Police also listed Ward's address as 317 Poplar Springs Road, Orrtanna, Pa., which is in Adams County.

He initially denied any knowledge of what happened, but then admitted to meeting Negliaccio at Razzles and driving him to the motel, according to court records.

He denied being responsible for the shooting and said that after returning from a convenience store with Negliaccio he was shot by a third person who was waiting inside room 105, court records said.

Ward told police he could not describe that person because the lights were off inside the room.

He told police he wrestled the gun from the unidentified person and fled, the affidavit said.

Ward was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter on one count of criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide and one count of aggravated assault. He was in Franklin County Prison on $1 million bail.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 28 at 2:30 p.m. in District Justice Carter's office at 218 N. Main St. in Chambersburg.

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