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Police: Man who fired gun into home made 'bonehead' mistake

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Police say a Peach Bottom man admitted shooting to shooting at a neighbor's home a 'bonehead' mistake.
  • Charles Wiese Jr., 50, remains free on $2,500 unsecured bail.

A Peach Bottom man accused of firing a gun into a neighbor's home in 2015 admitted to the deed, calling it a "bonehead" mistake, according to charging documents filed Wednesday.

Charles David Wiese Jr., 56, of 71 Meadow Trail, is charged with two counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count each of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct, court documents state.

State police say Wiese fired his gun into a neighbor's home while the neighbor and her child were inside.

Home shot: On Aug. 19, 2015, state police were called to the home of Wiese's neighbor, who said she was inside with her daughter she she heard three loud bangs, police said.

Shortly after the bangs, she noticed three bullet holes in the siding of her residence, according to charging documents. One of the bullets protruded through the vinyl siding and was seen partially through the bedroom drywall of the home, police said.

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On Aug. 22, 2015, a search warrant was served on Wiese, and police seized firearms and bullets, along with the bullet in the drywall, documents state.

On Jan. 5 the ballistic testing was completed, which confirmed that the bullet taken from the victim's home was fired from Wiese's .38 special revolver, according to court documents.

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Police interviewed Wiese on Feb. 6, when he admitted to shooting at his retaining wall, which is directly in line with the victim's residence, police said. Wiese said he had fired the gun a few weeks before, but denied shooting on the night of the incident, charging documents state.

"Wiese advised that he felt horrible for what he did and made a 'bonehead' mistake," the trooper wrote in charging documents.

Wiese was arraigned on the charges Tuesday and he remains free on $2,500 unsecured bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 15 at District Judge Laura S. Manifold's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.