Friday, August 26, 2011

‘Road rage’ incident leads to assault charge

Hailey man accused of firing shots at another motorist


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Leonard Roscitto

A 62-year-old Hailey man has been charged with aggravated assault, a felony, for allegedly firing two shots with a handgun in a road rage incident in Ketchum Wednesday morning.

Leonard "Lonnie" A. Roscitto remained incarcerated Thursday morning in the Blaine County jail awaiting an initial appearance before a judge later in the day in Blaine County Magistrate Court. Roscitto has also been charged with the misdemeanor crime of discharging a firearm within city limits.

Ketchum police reported that Roscitto was taken into custody at an office building near Second Avenue and Fifth Street in Ketchum about two hours after the road rage incident was reported at about 6:30 a.m.

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Police stated in a news release that Roscitto became involved in a road rage incident with John Kauder, 51, of Hailey, when both were northbound on state Highway 75 near East Fork Road. Police reported that the incident continued through Main Street in Ketchum until Kauder, driving a pickup and pulling a trailer, pulled off the highway at Clubhouse Drive, at the Big Wood golf course.

"Kauder reported the suspect pulled in behind his vehicle, got out of his car and then fired at least two gun shots at him or his vehicle with a handgun," the news release stated. "Kauder reported that after the shots were fired at his direction he sped away from the suspect, continuing northbound on Highway 75."

"It should be noted that Kauder was not hit by any bullets," Ketchum Police Chief Steve Harkins said Thursday. "Officers also inspected Kauder's vehicle and trailer and did not find any bullet holes."

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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