Pa. man waives hearing

September 27, 2006|by DON AINES

ORRSTOWN, Pa. - An Orrstown man who was the subject of a search by Pennsylvania State Police last week waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

John F. Miller, 30, of 9214 Iron Bridge Road, is charged with two counts of simple assault and one count each of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person in the Sept. 19 incident at his home. He is scheduled for mandatory arraignment on Nov. 8, according to court records.

Miller's bail was lowered from $100,000 to $20,000 Tuesday, Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz said.

Miller got into an argument with Matthew Alan Johnson, 22, of Port Orange, Fla., at about 3 a.m. and told Johnson he was going to shoot him, police said. As Miller went to get the gun, Johnson told police he ran to a neighbor's house, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Johnson told police that while he was outside, Miller pointed a shotgun at him, police said.


Johnson told police "his mother then stepped in and tried to get the shotgun away" from Miller. The affidavit failed to indicate whether it was Johnson's or Miller's mother who intervened.

Miller, still armed with the shotgun, then ran into a cornfield, police said.

Michelle Lynn Eutley, 18, also of Port Orange, Fla., told police that Miller shoved her to the floor, punched her in the face and kicked her in the leg during the same incident, the affidavit stated.

The Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team was called in to search for Miller, who was taken into custody at 1 p.m. about two miles from his home.

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