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Martinsburg Man Shooting at Cans Jailed on Gun, Drug Charges


Ryan Reininger

A Martinsburg man is behind bars after police say he was shooting at cans in his driveway in a residential area.

According to the criminal complaint, officers from North Woodbury Township and Martinsburg Borough police were called to a home along Ayers Lane in Martinsburg, North Woodbury Township, on May 15 for reports of shots being fired near houses. A neighbor told police she was inside her house when she heard shots being fired near her residence and then observed Ryan Reininger, 33, across the street holding a rifle.

Police arrived to find Reininger standing at the rear of his residence and after making sure he was unarmed, escorted him to the front of the house where they located a rifle lying on a retaining wall.

Officers observed aluminum cans with bullet holes in them at the end of the driveway and Reininger allegedly told police he had been shooting at them. Through questioning, officers learned that Reininger was standing at the front door of the residence and firing the rifle at the cans in the direction of a home across the street.

Due to the location of the shooting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission was contacted and determined that the shooting occurred within three safety zones.

Officers were able to get verbal consent from the homeowner to search the house and located a glass pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana. Reininger allegedly admitted to officers that he had been smoking marijuana earlier in the day.

A search warrant for the residence was obtained and police allegedly found several bags of suspected marijuana, multiple smoking devices which contained marijuana residue, a digital scale, a grinder containing marijuana and several boxes of 22-caliber ammunition.

Reininger was forbidden from possessing a gun due to a previous involuntary psychiatric commitment.

Reininger was charged with possession of a firearm by an incompetent person, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger, Martinsburg, and committed to the Blair County Prison on 10 percent of $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23.


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