Medina County: Charges after bullets shoot up homes

7:45 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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MEDINA COUNTY -- Police say several laws were broken the other night when two men fired AK-47's for target practice.

Bullets started hitting homes in a Montville Township neighborhood.

According to township rules, where the men were shooting from was not the problem -- it's how they went about it.

They're charged with drinking while handling weapons and failing to have the proper backstop to stop the bullets.

Lt. Dean Lesak, of the Medina County Sheriff's Department, said "...a suitable backstop...along those lines..."

Lesak says township rules are much more relaxed than city ordinances.

Besides a backstop to stop the bullets:

  • You must be at least 100 yards from a home or dwelling
  • You can't shoot from a roadway or across a road
  • You must be on your property, unless you have the landowner's permission

But without tougher regulations, Lesak says it comes down to two simple things -- use common sense and be safe.


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