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Man charged with firing gun inside Franklin Township home

By Dave O'Brien, staff writer Published: June 13, 2017 11:42 AM
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A bullet from a handgun fired during a fight in a Franklin Township home ended up inside a neighbor's closet, leading to felony charges for the Cherry Lane resident.

Bill M. Evans, 23, with a last known address of 6407 Cherry Lane, was arrested Friday night and charged with one count each of improper discharge of a firearm and felonious assault, both second-degree felonies.

Portage County sheriff's deputies said Evans brandished a firearm at a family member and said "he was going to end the ongoing altercation between the two" before firing a shot inside the house. The bullet ended up in the closet of a neighboring residence, according to the sheriff's office.

Evans posted $5,000 bond and was released from the Portage County jail following his arraignment Monday in Municipal Court.

He did not enter a plea to the charges, and additional or amended charges are possible once the case is presented to a grand jury.

Court records did not list an attorney for Evans.


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