2008-12-04 / Local & State

Tr ial Scheduled For Shives

Enters not-guilty plea last week
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A Big Cove Tannery man is set to reappear in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas during the January 2009 trial term on allegations he attempted to shoot at his ex-girlfriend while passing her vehicle along Route 522.

Michael Frederick Shives Sr. appeared before Judge Carol L. Van Horn last Tuesday for mandatory arraignment on one count each criminal attemptmurder of the first degree; aggravated assault; possession of an instrument of crime; simple assault; recklessly endangering another person; and criminal mischief. Shives, who appeared along side defense attorney Chris Sheffield, entered a not-guilty plea to all charges, and his trial has been accordingly set for the January 26 term of court.

The victim of the attempted murder, a 47-year-old Warfordsburg area woman, initially informed state police she was heading to Sheetz on September 17 to begin her work shift when she observed Shives' vehicle immediately behind her on the Ayr Township roadway. The vehicle driven by Shives then pulled into the oncoming lane next to her northbound vehicle between Webster Mills and Union Church Road. As he passed her, Shives allegedly fired two shots from a pistol into her driver's side door, the woman stated. She did not suffer any injuries and drove to a nearby home where state police were alerted.

In an interview with lead investigator Trooper Richard J. Cutchall of the Pennsylvania State Police, McConnellsburg barracks, Shives reportedly admitted to firing two shots into the air but added he didn't intend for the bullets from the 45 caliber revolver to strike her vehicle.

Shives also told police he "didn't mean to harm her" even though he was "upset" with her and "only wanted to scare her." His gun was later located in the salvage yard located behind his 1458 East Pittman Road residence.

Shives was released from the Franklin County Prison on October 1 after his bail was reduced from its original set amount of $750,000.

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