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April 30, 2013

Lewisburg woman charged following gun-pointing incident

— LEWISBURG — Seventeen charges have been filed against a Lewisburg woman who allegedly brandished a gun at four teenage boys Saturday, prompting police to shut down a four-block perimeter around her Front Street home during the annual Celebration of the Arts festival.

Kaye Elisabeth Phleeger, 50, of Lewisburg, faces four felony charges each of aggravated assault. She also has four misdemeanor charges each of simple assault, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment of another person; and one misdemeanor count of possession of an instrument of crime.

Phleeger was arraigned Saturday night before Magisterial District Judge Lori Hackenberg and is free on $25,000 bail.  

Phleeger was arrested Saturday about 90 minutes after the 4:30 p.m. incident, in which four boys, a 15-year-old and three 17 year-olds, told police Phleeger had shouted and aimed a gun at them.

The boys told the Daily Item Saturday that they went to Front Street to see a tree that, earlier that day, a tractor trailer had clipped and partially uprooted. Some of them stood on the tree’s upended roots.

Phleeger was sitting on the upstairs porch of her Front Street home when she asked the group if they were “having fun.” She then told the boys “You have no respect for nature,” and aimed a handgun with green sights and a large barrel at them.

According to Buffalo Valley Regional Police, Phleeger admitted she was very angry at the boys, whom she said she assumed were college students, for damaging the tree. She admitted to police she aimed a handgun at the boys while saying she was “going to kill them,” the police report stated.

Four additional police agencies responded, and 15 sharp shooters trained rifles on the porch were Phleeger had been.

A four-block area including St. John and North Front streets and adjacent alleys were closed to foot and vehicle traffic. Police report that some neighbors were evacuated from their homes, except for one who was caring for three elderly, immobile people.

Attempts to reach Phleeger by telephone and through her doors and windows here unsuccessful, police said, and they later breached a door to enter the building, according to the report.

Buffalo Valley Regional Police took Phleeger into custody without incident, and recovered a firearm, registered to Phleeger, from her home.

Phleeger is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 30 before Magisterial District Judge Leo Armbruster in Union County.

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