E. Bethlehem man arrested in shotgun incident

August 25, 2014
James Lohr

An East Bethlehem Township man was arrested Sunday night by township police after he allegedly waved his shotgun at residents in the area and reportedly fired at least one shot into the air.

James Lohr, 48, of 316 Second St., Vestaburg, was reportedly on the front porch of his home waving the gun as people walked past.

A neighbor told police she was inside her home with a friend about 10 p.m. when she heard a loud bang that sounded like a gun being fired. She then spotted a man across the street, later identified as Lohr, waving the shotgun and pointing it at them.

When police arrived and talked with Lohr, he reportedly told them that he did not fire a weapon and does not own a gun. Police asked Lohr for permission to look inside his home. After getting permission from Lohr, police said they found a 20-gauge shotgun in the basement, just inside a door leading to a crawl space.

Lohr denied firing the weapon. But as police were transporting him to the California police station in order to test his hands to determine whether he recently fired a gun, he reportedly admitted to firing one shot in the air.

Lohr was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis on two counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct. He was placed in Washington County jail on $2,500 bond.

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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