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Deerfield man denies hunting while intoxicated

January 14, 2012

From GazetteNet.com

GREENFIELD - A Deerfield man faces charges of firing a weapon while drunk after police responded to an early morning report of shots being fired on Pine Nook Road in October.

Scott Russo, 27, of 1 Steam Mill Road, appeared in Greenfield District Court on Thursday and pleaded innocent to charges of being an intoxicated licensee carrying a firearm, hunting while under the influence of liquor, and disturbing the peace.

According to police, on Oct. 21 at about 1:10 a.m. a report of shots being fired on Pine Nook Road, above the Eaglebrook School campus was received.

Police found a truck parked off the road with Russo and another man in the front seat. Both men denied firing a weapon. Police said they searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun that was warm and smelled of freshly burned gunpowder in the back seat of the truck. Police said they also found an empty ammunition magazine that fit the handgun and two open bottles of beer in the truck.

Russo consented to alcohol breath tests and, according to police, was over the legal limit to drive. He is due back in court Feb. 2.

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