2008-09-24 / Front Page

Shives Faces Attempted Murder Charges

Jailed after shooting at ex-girlfriend
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Michael Shives Michael Shives A Big Cove Tannery man remains lodged in the Franklin County Prison on charges of criminal attempted murder this week after he allegedly shot at his ex-girlfriend from a moving vehicle.

Forty-three-year-old Michael Frederick Shives Sr. is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail in connection with the shooting along Route 522 in Ayr Township last Wednesday night. Charges against Shives include one count each of criminal attempted murder, aggravated assault, possessing instruments of crime, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

In an interview with Pennsylvania State Police from the Mc- Connellsburg substation following the arrest at his home, Shives told investigators he "didn't mean to harm her" even though he was "upset" with ex-girlfriend Barbara Allen Smith. "He only wanted to scare her," investigating officer Trooper Richard J. Cutchall related in an affidavit of probable cause. Shives further admitted to Trooper Cutchall he fired two shots in the air from a 45 caliber revolver, but he didn't mean for the bullets to strike her vehicle.

The victim, a 47-year-old Warfordsburg area woman, told state police she was driving to the Mc- Connellsburg Sheetz for work when she saw Shives' vehicle behind her. Shives' vehicle, the woman stated in the affidavit, pulled along side her northbound vehicle between Webster Mills and Union Church Road. As he passed her, Smith said, he fired two shots from a pistol into her driver's side door.

Shives continued to travel north on Route 522 following the September 17 incident that occurred between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Smith, in the meantime, drove to a nearby residence where police were alerted. She did not sustain any injuries or require medical attention, state police added.

The weapon in question was located in the salvage yard behind Shives' residence located at 1458 East Pittman Road, Trooper Cutchall concluded.

Shives was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson. His preliminary hearing has tentatively been set for Monday, September 29, at 1:30 p.m. in Fulton County Central Court.

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