Dispute Ends With A Bang

KIANTONE-A local man was taken into custody after firing an unloaded Civil War cannon directly at his neighbors’ houses.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Brian J. Malta, 52, was engaged in an ongoing dispute with his neighbors on Prosser Hill Road. Things turned worse when Malta allegedly began lighting and firing an unloaded cannon at the houses around him, forcing his neighbors to contact the police.

Malta was arrested and charged Wednesday with second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment. He was arraigned in North Harmony and sent to Chautauqua County jail on $2,500 bail.

The cannon was seized by police.