Ax presence produces filed criminal charges

Eden Cohen, Managing Editor

A campus visitor Aug. 31 has been charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and weapon possession for because he allegedly  an ax in his truck.

Campus police officer Edward Ostrowski said in a criminal complaint he saw an ax protruding from Andrew Kinzer’s red Ford pick-up truck’s left bed rail. Kinzer’s truck was parked in the Nursing and Health Sciences Building’s parking lot while he was visiting a fraternity that Saturday night, the complaint said.

Ostrowski said he judged the ax to be dangerous, especially in an area with young people drinking. He said he saw students and guests walking past the truck during his patrol and so he confiscated the ax.

Kinzer reportedly said he always kept the ax like that, ever since his grandfather died. He reportedly said he understood the danger, but he is allowed to keep his ax situated as it was.

Kinzer is to have a preliminary hearing on the charges 10 a.m. Oct. 15 before District Justice John Barron of Stonycreek Township.