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Fairfielder Charged With Firing Gun in Open Space

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Fairfield man was charged with firing a pellet gun in the Sasco Creek Open Space Wednesday afternoon. William Matson, 18, of Arbor Road, was issued an infraction for violating a town ordinance on carrying weapons in open spaces after neighbors called to complain.

A neighbor along Hulls Highway called police at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday to report a man walking into the open space carrying a rifle. When officers arrived, they heard a loud noise similar to a gunshot. They followed the sound and found Matson carrying a rifle-style pellet gun. He told officers he was “walking around, shooting stuff,” according to the police report.

Matson also told police there might be marijuana in his car, but a search by K-9 units did not reveal any drugs. Officers did find a shotgun and box of shells in the trunk, but the weapon was legally registered. Matson received a mail-in infraction for violating the town’s ordinance against firing weapons in open spaces, and was released.

Also from the police blotter:

Joshua Springer, 23, of Middletown was charged with credit card theft and illegal use of a credit card. Police said he charged $5,800 in merchandise to the account of a Southport company. The police report said that Springer, who is not an employee of the business, helped the company relocate from Norwalk to Southport in August.

Soon after the move a company credit card was reported missing. It had incurred thousands of dollars in extra charges at Home Depot stores in Middletown, Berlin, Southington, Wallingford and Milldale. Video surveillance from the stores showed a man fitting Springer’s description making the purchases, according to police. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

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