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Pa. man waives hearing in Sept. shooting case

October 05, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hamilton Township man charged with shooting another man last month with a shotgun waived his preliminary arraignment Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Joshua Webb, 20, of 611 Park Circle, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of simple assault, according to the criminal complaint.

Pennsylvania State Police allege Webb hit Dennis Hicks of 157 Third St., Chambersburg, in the legs with pellets fired from a 12-gauge shotgun Friday, Sept. 23. The shooting took place outside Webb's home, police said.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Webb told police he stepped out of his house when he saw Hicks and two other men, Willard Dubois and Seneca Powe, both of 26 N. Federal St., Chambersburg, approaching his home.

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The affidavit stated Webb told police one of the three fired a pistol at him and he went back inside, and came out with a shotgun. Webb told police he fired one round over their heads and another to the side before the three men fled into a wooded area.

Shortly thereafter, police stopped a vehicle on Highland Avenue in which Hicks, Dubois and Powe were occupants. The affidavit stated Dubois told police he fired a 9mm pistol at Webb, but only after Webb fired on them.

Police said a 9mm bullet and spent shell casing were found at the scene of the shooting.

Webb was in Franklin County Prison Tuesday on $50,000 bond, according to court records.

Dubois is also in Franklin County Prison, charged with aggravated and simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, according to court records.

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