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Man admits shooting gas pumps

Published June 30. 2014 12:05PM

An Auburn man has admitted shooting up fuel pumps at a Schuylkill County business last summer.

Jonathan Weicicoskie, 24, pleaded guilty before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin, who ordered a pre-sentence investigation before imposing punishment.

According to state police at Schuylkill Haven, sometime between 11 a.m. July 28 and 12:30 a.m. July 29, Weicicoskie opened fire on diesel pumps at the Economy Gas Station on Route 61 in North Manheim Township.

Police said he went to the gas station, armed with a .22 caliber long gun, stationed himself in the woods behind the station and started shooting at the two pumps, which are on the south side of the lot.

Weicicoskie fired 19 rounds before a neighbor stopped him, police said.

He was charged with risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
Joseph Amin Gergus, 43, of Orwigsburg, owns the gas station.

In another ruling, Judge Charles Miller on June 29 accepted Russell C. Teter’s guilty plea to theft of property lost by mistake, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and harassment.

Miller asked for a pre-sentence investigation before deciding Teter’s punishment on July 9.

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