September 2, 2014

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Man arrested, accused of ‘shooting cans’ out of vehicle at AMVETS

CARLISLE TWP. — An Elyria man was arrested Wednesday after witnesses said he was driving around the AMVETS aiming a weapon out of the window of his minivan.

Steven B. Needham, 52, was charged with inducing panic and open container, according to a report from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies found him driving the minivan along a driveway around a pond that belongs to the AMVETS at 11087 Middle Ave. When asked what he was doing, he told deputies he was “shooting cans,” the report said, and he told them he “stepped out of the vehicle to sip on the whiskey, then would get back in the car to shoot some cans.”

Deputies confiscated a weapon they determined to be a pellet gun that looked like a rifle and an open bottle of Old Crow Whiskey, the report said.

According to the report, an investigation revealed Needham had been driving his vehicle on AMVETS property and shooting the pellet gun out of his driver-side window. Due to his actions, several people at the AMVETS became alarmed about what his intentions were.

Needham was booked at the county jail and given a court date, the report said.