FARMINGTON — Two men are accused in different cases of shooting at the ground near people.

Ryan Amero Franklin County Detention Center photo

Ryan A. Amero, 44, of Temple was arrested Monday after Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of multiple gunshots and a disturbance at about 7:o8 p.m. on Varnum Pond Road in Temple, according to information provided by Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr.

“It was alleged that a complainant went to his neighbor’s house to check up on him because of what was reported to be multiple gunshots at the house which was making other neighbors feel unsafe” according to Nichols’ email.  “The complainant was confronted by Amero as he entered Amero’s driveway, when at that time Amero is alleged to have produced two handguns and started shooting them into the ground in front of the complainant who retreated and called police.”

Amero left in his personal vehicle to pick up his girlfriend at work, eventually returning to his residence where he was met by deputies Alec Frost, Andrew Morgan and Sgt. Nate Bean.

He was eventually arrested on a charge of reckless conduct, Nichols wrote.

The District Attorney’s Office dropped the felony charge Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of threatening display of a firearm. Amero posted $500 bail Tuesday and was released from the Franklin County Detention Center.

In a separate case on April 25 in Livermore Falls, police issued summons to Dennis Volkening, 49, of Livermore Falls on charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct after he was accused of shooting at the ground near a person staying on the property in a camper, Livermore Falls Police Chief Ernest Steward said.

A conviction on either charge carries a penalty of up to 364 days in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

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