An Elizabethtown man accused of kicking two police officers in the abdomen while resisting arrest is no longer facing a felony charge.
Jeffrey Lee Hilsher, 26, of South Market Street near High Street, had been facing a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault, but the prosecution agreed to drop that charge when Hilsher was in magisterial district court on Friday, July 28. Hilsher agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing, so the remaining charges were sent to county court.
Hilsher is still facing four first-degree misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats; police said in a sworn statement filed in court that Hilsher threatened to kill the officers who participated in his July 19 arrest and their families. In addition, he faces a second-degree misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, a third-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and a summary offense of public drunkenness. Police said in court papers that a neighbor had called police to report that Hilsher was creating a disturbance by yelling at nothing in an alley late at night.
Hilsher was one of several defendants who had preliminary hearings scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan on Friday, July 28; all the defendants waived their hearings, so no testimony was heard.
Other defendants included Amanda Nicole Gill, 24, and Kevin Edward Deshong, 22, who lived in the same apartment at Fourth and Locust streets in Wrightsville at the time of their arrest; they are accused of a strong-arm robbery of an 89-year-old woman in the parking lot of Elizabethtown’s Giant food store on July 6. Richard T. Kuhn Jr., 30, of East High Street near Chestnut Street in Elizabethtown Borough, waived hearings on burglary charges. Scott A. Drolette, 51, of Poplar Street between Hummelstown and Willow streets in Elizabethtown Borough, is accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the throat until she almost passed out and threatening to kill her and her family if she reported the attack to police.