Man accused of firing shots

October 17, 2013
Michael Urbanik

A North Franklin Township man was arrested about midnight Wednesday after he allegedly fired shots at two locations in Washington.

Michael J. Marleau Urbanik, 23, of 508 S. Palm St., is accused of firing a shot into Jollick Manor before reportedly firing two shots at 25 Victoria St.

Police initially received a report of the shots being fired in the area of Jollick Manor. While Officer Paul Becker was responding, he learned that the vehicle was on Victoria and that two more shots had been fired.

While on North Main, Becker spotted a vehicle matching the description turn on to Gibson Avenue and then on to Sumner Avenue. He initiated a traffic stop and found Urbanik inside the car.

Urbanik had a Glock .45-caliber pistol in his pocket. Pills also were found on Urbanik and he was intoxicated. Police said his blood alcohol level was almost three times the 0.08 limit presumed for intoxication.

No injuries were reported. There was no indication if there was any damage.

Urbanik was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson on three counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 31 before District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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