The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 17, 2013

BBs damage car on Route 15

Driver: Weed in truck to ‘calm nerves’

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

WATSONTOWN — An incident that began along Route 15 near Allenwood ended Wednesday at the Watsontown borough building, with police arresting one man for numerous charges, after they say he shot a BB gun at another man while threatening him.

Michael Kryzanek, 32, of Green Bay, Wis., was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to court documents.

The incident started Wednesday morning, when Kryzanek, driving a black pickup truck along Route 15 near Allenwood, began following a Toyota Corolla and shooting a Phantom Air pistol at the vehicle, according to court documents.

The pellets ended up cracking the Corolla’s windshield and denting its side, said Watsontown Police Chief Dennis Derr. Pointing and firing BB guns at another person can be extremely frightening and dangerous.

“They look like real firearms,” he said.

At 10:10 a.m. Derr received a radio call that there was an incident in the Watsontown borough building parking lot, he said.

“I received a call from the borough office that people were fighting in the borough parking lot and was someone was threatening to kill someone,” he said.

The two cars, each containing two men, had pulled over and the men were involved in a face-to-face confrontation, Derr said.

Kryzanek was accusing the victim of stealing from him, according to court documents. When police arrived, they found a small amount of marijuana throughout Kryzanek’s pickup and a glass smoking device in the center console, police said.

Kryzanek admitted to pointing the BB gun at the victim’s car, but said he did not remember firing it, according to court documents. He also told police that he smokes marijuana to “calm his nerves.”

Kryzanek was arraigned Wednesday and transported to the Union County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail, according to court documents. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 13, before District Judge Leo Armbruster in Lewisburg.