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Man accused of firing cannon toward neighbor's house disputes allegations

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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, N.Y. — A Chautauqua County man charged with menacing and harassment after Sheriff's deputies say he repeatedly fired a cannon toward his neighbor's house is speaking out through his attorney.

In a statement, the attorney for Brian Malta, 52, of Kiantone said: "Mr. Malta vigorously disputes the allegations against him and looks forward to the full truth of the matter coming out in the appropriate arena, which is a court of law."

Deputies say Malta fired a Civil War reenactment cannon eight days in a row in the direction of his neighbor's house. The cannon was not loaded with a cannon ball.

Deputies say while it is not illegal to own a cannon, they confiscated it because it was used illegally.

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