A Waterbury Center man was ordered to surrender his firearms after being charged with shooting at contractors working on his neighbor’s property because he was angry about the noise they were making.
Leonard Bisceglia, 71, pleaded not guilty July 25 in Washington County Superior Court to two felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.
According to affidavits filed with the court by Vermont State Police, at 5:41 p.m. on July 24, shots were reported near Bisceglia’s home on Valley View Road.
Police spoke with two contractors — Steven Sayers and Justin Lord — who were working on a house adjacent to Bisceglia’s property. According to the affidavits, Sayers and Lord told police Bisceglia was upset by the noise they were making.
According to the contractors, Bisceglia yelled at them; later, they heard shots coming from Bisceglia’s house and saw bullets hit the trees behind them.
Police then spoke with Bisceglia.
“Leonard initially advised he yelled at the workers but offered nothing further,” Trooper Keith Lewia wrote in an affidavit filed with the court. “I asked him for more details, and Leonard admitted that he fired approximately six rounds into the wooded area in the general direction of the workers.”
Bisceglia told police the construction work had been going on for a year, and had started that morning at about 4:50 a.m., records state.
“Leonard stated that these rounds were meant just to cause noise, and that he felt he fired them into a clear area,” Lewia wrote.
As police spoke with Bisceglia, they could smell alcohol on his breath, and a breath test revealed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, according to court records. Under state law, 0.08 percent is proof of intoxication.
Police said they recovered .45-caliber casings on Bisceglia’s porch, which were consistent with the weapon he allegedly used.
After pleading not guilty, Bisceglia was released with a number of conditions, including that he have no contact with the contractors or the property owner, Ann Ndione.
In addition, he was ordered to turn over all his firearms to state police within 48 hours, except for nonfunctional antique guns.