Man arrested after firing fake gun outside saloon

Man arrested after firing fake gun outside saloon

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TOMBSTONE, Ariz. — A man who shot several rounds from a prop gun outside a saloon in the historic Arizona town of Tombstone faces disorderly conduct and other charges.

Tombstone Marshal John Houston said the man was in the Dragoon Saloon early Tuesday when he got into a fight with his girlfriend. He broke a pool cue, then went outside, pulled out a prop 9 mm pistol and began firing into the air.

His friends confronted him, not knowing the gun was fake, and the man stormed off.

Houston said deputy marshals, Cochise County sheriff’s deputies and federal Border Patrol agents tracked down and arrested the man.

Authorities said 30-year-old Monte Ross of Tombstone has been booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and being an ex-convict in possession of a weapon.

ILLINOIS CITY COMPILES DRUNKS LIST

AURORA, Ill. — The police department in Illinois’ second largest city is going to compile a “habitual drunkard” list to help fight public intoxication.

Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara said the list will have “certain clientele” whom police and fire departments see regularly. That includes people whom police and fire personnel transport six times or more in a 120-day period.

The City Council approved keeping the list this week as part of an overhaul to city liquor laws. Aurora is roughly 40 miles west of Chicago.

Police said the goal is public safety. Those on the list won’t be able to purchase liquor in Aurora and local businesses are expected to comply.

Authorities say they got the idea from Madison, Wis., which has a similar policy.

FARGO POLICE MISTAKE TELESCOPE FOR RIFLE

FARGO, N.D. — Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle.

Levi Joraanstad and Colin Waldera were setting up the telescope behind their apartment Monday night when they were blinded by a bright light and told to stop moving.

They couldn’t see who was shining the light and presumed it was a prank by other students.

An officer on patrol had spotted the two and thought the telescope was a rifle. He also thought Joraanstad’s dark sweater with white lettering on the back looked like a tactical vest. He called for backup and the officers confronted the students.

Police said the students were never in danger and that it was a situation of “better safe than sorry.”

— Compiled from wire service reports

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