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More charges filed against man accused of shooting

June 07, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Orrtanna, Pa., man charged with attempted homicide following a shooting at a Chambersburg motel last month faces additional charges, Chambersburg Police said.

Joseph Ward, Jr., 45, of 317 Poplar Springs Road, was charged this week with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, persons not to possess firearms, firearms not to be carried without a license and possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer's number, police said.

Police said the new charges were a result of an ongoing investigation into the shooting.

He was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter and returned to Franklin County Prison on an additional $100,000 bail. Ward has been in the prison since the May 18 shooting on $1 million bail, according to police records.

Ward is accused of shooting Dominick A. Negliaccio, 25, through the tongue at Carson's Motel on the morning of May 18, police said.

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Negliaccio, of 165 Sherwood Ave., St. Thomas, Pa., told police 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 police.

Ward denied being responsible for the shooting and said that after returning from Sheetz with the victim he was shot by a third unknown subject who was waiting inside Room 105, court records show.

He told police he could not describe this subject because the lights were off inside the room, but that he was able to wrestle the gun away and flee, the affidavit said.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 14 at 1:30 p.m., in District Justice Carter's office at 218 N. Main St., Chambersburg.

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