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Forth arrested for shooting handgun
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Reckless endangerment charges have been taken against a man who allegedly got drunk and cut loose with a 45-caliber handgun, shooting at cans in his yard on East Main Street.

The suspect, William S. Forth, 28, is charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence, public intoxication, and reckless endangerment. He will face hearing Feb. 13.

Police were dispatched to East Main Street where someone called 911 to say they heard gunshots in the vicinity. When policeman Toby Lewis arrived to investigate, he found Forth.

“He was in the backyard, passed out on a bench,” Lewis revealed. “Located near the bench was an almost empty bottle of Wild Turkey.”

Lewis said he literally found the smoking gun while investigating the case. “There was an odor of alcohol coming from the male’s person,” he reported. “And, he had a 45-caliber handgun between his feet with spent shell casings nearby.”

After being awakened, Forth told the officer he had been shooting at cans in his backyard which was in close proximity to his neighbor’s house on East Main Street.

The officer noted Forth had ammunition for the handgun in his pocket. He was arrested at the scene.