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Felony charges against Hershey’s Maintenance Superintendent Ronnie Stewart Jr. were bound over to district court Thursday, while Stewart remains on the job.Stewart, 50, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of using a firearm to commit a felony, making terroristic threats and third-degree domestic assault.
Officers said he assaulted his girlfriend and pointed a shotgun at a person who was with her.
Stewart was arrested June 14 when Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a 911 call that a man in Hershey with a gun was threatening people.
The victim, Stewart’s girlfriend, said he assaulted her and pointed a shotgun at another person who was there too. The two fled the scene.
Deputies talked to Stewart on the phone and he came out of the house and was arrested without trouble.
When deputies searched the house, they found “items related to drug paraphernalia” as well as several firearms that were previously reported stolen, the sheriff said.
Deputy County Attorney said prosecutors will drop two charges of possession of a stolen firearm, because one of the two stolen guns belonged to another person living in the house, and they would not be able to prove the other firearm was stolen by Stewart.
Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull bound the case over to district court. Stewart remains free on bond pending his next court appearance.
This set of charges are the third for Stewart in seven months. He was charged with driving under the influence in December and again in March, according to Lincoln County Sheriff's records.
In other county court proceedings Thursday, Benjamin Z. Brown was sentenced to 270 days in jail for child abuse.
Brown, 22, was charged April 21, 2015 with sexual assault by use of an electronic device when he used a cell phone and a tablet to communicate with a 15-year-old girl, in an attempt to lure the teen into sex.
The charge was later reduced to child abuse.
After 198 days in jail, he was convicted and sentenced to 24 months’ probation.
In July 2016, he violated the terms of his probation by not going to counseling. And, he had contact with the victim, and he did not get a job as required.
After failing to appear for three probation violation hearings, he was arrested and spent 40 days in jail before admitting to the violations in court.
After his probation was revoked, he was released on bond May 25 to await resentencing.
Brown told the court Thursday that he now has a job.
Defense Attorney Blaine Gillett said his client had already served enough days to complete his sentence and Deputy County Attorney Angela Franz agreed.
Turnbull credited him with 235 days which, with good time, were more than enough days to cover his sentence, so he was free to go. The few extra days were applied to court costs.