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Friday, March 28, 2014
A 74-year-old Olcott man, upset that two Gasport men were trimming trees hanging over the fence of a West Main Street property, displayed a shotgun in an effort to make them stop, according to Niagara County Sheriff's deputies.

According to the report filed by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Dennis Harkins, 5803 West Main Street, began yelling at the two tree trimmers to stop cutting the trees and returned to the window a short time later holding a black shotgun shortly after noon on Thursday. The tree trimmers said Harkins pointed the shotgun briefly in their direction and they immediately stopped cutting the trees and called 911.

Patrol spoke to Harkins, who stated he was very upset the trees were being trimmed and admitted he did retrieve his shotgun because he didn't know what else to do to make them stop. He told patrol that he did hold the shotgun at the window, but said he never pointed the gun in their direction.

The Gasport men stated they had no interest in giving patrol a written statement and did not want to have Harkins arrested. The said they only contacted patrol because they wanted the man to stop pointing the gun at them.

Harkins was "advised of the seriousness of his actions and informed that if the complainants wished to pursue criminal charges, he would be arrested for said actions." Patrol advised Harkins to store the firearm and ammunition separately and in different locations. Investigation closed pending new information.

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