House shooting suspect to face trial

A Blandburg man accused of shooting up an Antis Township home will face trial.

David R. Cherry, 36, appeared Tuesday in Tyrone District Court, where he waived his preliminary hearing on felony aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure charges, as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.

State police contend Cherry fired off at least five rounds from a 9 mm handgun into a home on Tuckahoe Road on Aug. 3 after an altercation with relatives of the homeowner. Cherry told police he had been assaulted at the home earlier that day, according to court records.

Cherry had been at the property where he had shot guns with a family member earlier that day, but when he left, he began to send sexually suggestive texts, police said. Cherry claimed he was assaulted after he was lured back to the home, and police said he sent threatening text messages after the alleged assault.

Police allegedly found a loaded Glock 9 mm handgun on the seat of his vehicle when state police visited him the next day to investigate.

Cherry was remanded to Blair County Prison, where he has been since his arrest Aug. 6. Bail remains at $100,000 cash with a formal arraignment in Blair County Court slated for Sept. 26.