KIANTONE, N.Y. (AP) — A lawyer for a western New York man charged with harassment for repeatedly firing an unloaded Civil War cannon at the homes of his neighbors says his client disputes the charges.
Attorney Parker MacKay says Friday his client Brian Malta is an upstanding citizen. He says the truth will come out in court.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office arrested 52-year-old Malta Wednesday. It said he fired the cannon at neighboring homes in the rural town of Kiantone (KYNE'-tohn), on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles south of Buffalo.
Deputies say the cannon was fired with only a powder charge and wadding. Police confiscated the cannon.
Officials say Malta had an ongoing dispute with his neighbors, but no details were released.
Malta was released from the county jail after posting $2,500 bail.