After receiving a call about a group of all-terrain vehicles being driven along Firetower Road, Delaware State Police troopers were dispatched to the area at around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. The troopers spoke to the ATV drivers and released them without any further action.
James F. Erbaugh, the 66-year-old who had originally lodged the complaint, was contacted by state police and notified of their actions. Erbaugh seemed discouraged with the outcome, according to police.
Shortly after the troopers left Erbaugh allegedly came out of his house armed with a .22 caliber handgun and began shouting rude remarks at a neighbor. Erbaugh fired several shots at a dirt pile located near the neighbor's house, State Police said.
At the time the shots were fired Erbaugh's 32-yeard-old neighbor was outside with a group of six others, four of whom were young children. Troopers were quickly called back to the area.
Erbaugh was transported to Troop 3 where he was arrested for seven counts of reckless endangering, three counts of harassment and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institute in default of $51,000 secured bond. He was also issued a no-contact order with the victims and was required to surrender all weapons in his home.