Man who shot at landlord’s feet held on all but 1 charge

Following a 30 minute preliminary hearing before District Judge Christian Frey, Bryce Zimmerman — the man who fired shotgun at the feet of a landlord in Newberry on May 26 — was held for court on all but one felony charge.

After firing one shot into the ground, Zimmerman 20, of 2200 Lincoln St., told the man “This is your only warning shot,” police said in an affidavit.

The shooting occurred just before noon outside where Zimmerman lives, police said. Zimmerman went back in the house and a standoff with police that lasted about an hour ended peaceful when he came out and surrendered.

The landlord, Bernie Jurkowski, took the stand and recalled his brief encounter with Zimmerman, which ended with Jurkowski quickly retreating and calling 911.

Frey ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Zimmerman on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime. The judge did throw out one additional felony charge of aggravated assault. Zimmerman remains incarcerated in the Lycoming County Prison.

In another criminal case, this one handled by District Judge William Solomon, all remaining charges filed against Brandon Serrano, 29, of Puerto Rico, were withdrawn by Old Lycoming Township police after he pled guilty to a summary offense of public drunkenness.

Police dropped charges of terroristic threats, criminal trespassing and shoplifting that all stemmed from a disturbance at the Sunoco, 1601 Dewey Ave., on May 10, according to court records.

Serrano, given credit for 17 days he spent in the county prison since he arrest, was released from jail.

In another case, District Judge Aaron Biichle dismissed city police charges of simple assault and harassment against Robert James Harer, 39, of 617 Green St., after the alleged victim in the case, Alexis Toro, did not appear to testify as Harer’s preliminary hearing.

The charges stemmed from a domestic disturbance at Harer’s home on April 28, police said.

In another case, Lepley recently dismissed charges of simple assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and harassment against Daniel Fox, 33, of 409 Baer St., Jersey Shore.

The charges, filed by Tiadaghton Valley Regional police, stemmed from Fox allegedly assaulting a minor in the 100 block of Maple Street in Jersey Shore last July 28. The victim was treated at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital.

The charges were dismissed after police were unable to locate the minor, court records stated.


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