Penn Township man pleads guilty to one charge after standoff

2012-12-13T17:55:00Z Penn Township man pleads guilty to one charge after standoffAndrew Carr, The Sentinel The Sentinel
December 13, 2012 5:55 pm  • 

A Penn Township man facing several charges after shooting a vehicle, which led to a police standoff in Penn Township on Nov. 2, pleaded guilty to one charge on Thursday.

According to the State Police at Carlisle, Travis E. Tenkewich, 21, was charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanor simple assault, misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person, misdemeanor criminal mischief, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and harassment in the first block of Lebo Road between Walnut Bottom Road and Shaffer Road around 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Police say Tenkewich hit a woman in the back with a rope used to lead horses, and then went outside, firing a shotgun blast into a car.

Tenkewich also threatened to shoot a horse belonging to the woman, according to police.

Police said Tenkewich initially refused to come out of the home when officers arrived on the scene at about 10:30 a.m., asking instead to be able to speak to an acquaintance in the sheriff’s department.

Police said the Cumberland County sheriffs responded, and Tenkewich was convinced to surrender without further incident.

Fire police had been called out to block off the road and control traffic.

He was arraigned on Nov. 2 in front of Magisterial District Judge Vivian Cohick and was being held in the prison on $125,000 bail. Bail was then changed to $125,000 unsecured and he was released.

During a preliminary hearing on Thursday in front of Cohick, all charges were dismissed and the criminal mischief charge was downgraded to a summary offense, to which Tenkewich the pleaded guilty.

According to Deputy Public Defender Michael Halkias, who represented Tenkewich, the charges were dismissed because the witnesses in the case declined to appear and testify.

The misdemeanor criminal mischief charge was also dropped down to a summary charge because there was no restitution in the case, Halkias said.

The penalty imposed during the proceedings, fines and costs, were satisfied due to the time Tenkewich spent incarcerated, he said.

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