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Man fires civil war cannon at his neighbors, gets arrested

By Scott Tuttle     Nov 17, 2013 in Odd News
A sleepy, rural town in upstate New York was abruptly awoken one day to the sounds of cannon fire; civil war cannon fire, to be exact.
In an ongoing dispute with his neighbors, 52-year-old Brian Malta of Kiantone, New York decided to retaliate by opening fire with an unloaded replica civil war cannon for eight days straight, sources claim.
Due to the unusual nature of this arrest, the story has made headlines internationally and instantly went viral.
Malta, however, is no stranger to making headlines. According to the Buffalo News, Malta and his wife also made the news in 2005 when they filed and won a lawsuit against Celoron village for not allowing them to videotape their board meetings, claiming that it violated their constitutional rights under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Despite being gaveled as "out of order" by the judge at one point during the proceedings, the Maltas were ultimately awarded $22,500 in damages.
On Wednesday, Malta was arrested on three counts of second-degree menacing and three counts of second-degree harassment, but was later released on a $2,500 bail. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department confiscated the cannon and is continuing to hold it as evidence.
“I don’t recall, during my 34-year career, taking a cannon,” says County Sheriff Joseph Gerace of the unusual seizure.
Details have yet to be released as to the motive for firing blanks at his neighbors with a cannon or the reason for the dispute. According to his lawyer, Parker MacKay, Malta is an "upstanding citizen" and "the truth will come out in court."
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