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Firing gun on New Year's a no-no

Sunnyside police officers an arrested a man who was firing shots just after midnight New Year's Day.

Around town several reports of shots being fired and fireworks violations were reported to the law enforcement officers, according to Capt. Phil Schenck of the Sunnyside Police Department.

While one officer was talking to a family about fireworks they were shooting off at their home on Kearney Avenue, he heard shots being fired from what sounded like a semi-automatic weapon.

The officer found a neighbor shooting off rounds from a .22 semi-automatic handgun. The 25-year-old man was arrested and charges are still pending.

"It's illegal to fire any weapons within city limits," said Schenck. "It's even more illegal if you're a felon."

This year the police department recovered two guns from people and are in the process of filing criminal charges.

"This is a dangerous practice," said Schenck.

In past years stray bullets have come down through a house and been imbedded in the floor next to a bed and one year a bullet went through the roof of a garage, through the car hood and was found imbedded in the engine block.

. Melissa Browning can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail mbrowning@eaglenewspapers.com

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