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NH: Hunter Aims Loaded Hunting Rifle At Neighbors

November 24, 2009

Authorities Say Ongoing Dispute May Have Led To Rifle Incident

WEARE, N.H. -- Police have arrested and charged a man who is accused of pointing a loaded hunting rifle equipped with a scope at two neighbors over the weekend in Weare.

Investigators said two neighbors were outside doing yard work on Sunday when another neighbor walked toward them, pointing a hunting rifle in their direction.

"We received a call of a man standing in the roadway pointing a hunting rifle with a scope attached at two men working outside in the yard at the time," Weare police Detective Frank Hebert said.

Police said the rifle was loaded when officers confiscated it. Police identified the rifle as the same weapon that Keith Keene, 38, allegedly pointed at his neighbors on Sunday afternoon.

Investigators said witnesses told them Keene was lurking near houses on his own street, Grace Drive, when, at one point, he walked toward two of his neighbors working in their yard. Police say the two neighbors feared for their lives.

"One of the men ran behind a pickup truck to shield himself. The other ran inside the residence to call the police," Hebert said.

Police said no shots were fired and officers found Keene at his home. Police charged Keene with reckless conduct and criminal threatening, along with a drug charge after police said officers found marijuana in his pocket.

Police said a neighbor disagreement is at the center of the situation, but officials would not elaborate.

"I will tell you there have been issues in the past. There's an on-going dispute," Hebert said.

Keene remained held Monday night on $50,000 bail.

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