LISBON - An additional preliminary hearing was set in Columbiana County Municipal Court Monday for a Wellsville man charged after allegedly firing several gunshots while standing on a patio at Tony's Place in Wellsville two nights before New Year's Eve.
Assistant Prosecutor Don Humphrey and defense attorney Chris Amato agreed to reset the preliminary hearing and pretrial within 30 days, giving Wellsville police additional time to investigate.
Donald F. Edge Jr., 35, Sherwood Road, Wells-ville, allegedly fired several shots from a 9mm pistol over Erie Alley and in the direction of a trailer park and the Stevensons and Co. property in the early morning hours of Dec. 30.
Edge faces felony charges of illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor establishment, discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises and tampering with evidence for allegedly hiding a magazine from the gun under a beer bottle in the snow. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of weapons while intoxicated.
As part of the time waiver agreement, Humphrey requested Edge not be allowed to possess any firearm, "muskets or muzzleloaders" along with no ammunition until the matter is resolved. Judge Mark Frost agreed with the request, insisting additionally that Edge not be allowed to enter any establishment with a liquor license.
Although Edge has a previous fourth-degree felony conviction, Humphrey said it was not for any violent crime, so there was no previous weapons restriction.
Frost also questioned whether the gun was fired due to a fight or provocation. Humphrey said at this point it would appear it was fired in some sort of holiday-related celebration, although it was not actually New Year's yet. Still Humphrey said the evidence will show Edge had the firearm inside the liquor establishment before he went outside to the patio.
Bond was previously set at $50,000 cash or surety, but has now been reduced to a $10,000 personal recognizance bond as part of the plea agreement. Additionally, Humphrey said he agreed the case would not be presented to the grand jury before it could be heard in municipal court. The preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 29.