Police investigate two incidents stemming from July 4th celebrations
by Madasyn Czebiniak
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Calhoun County Deputies today were investigating a near-miss with a bottle rocket and a bullet hole in a family’s glass door, both of which may have been cause by Independence Day revelry gone too far.

Calhoun County Sgt. Jon Garlick said a family discovered on Friday the glass door of their home on Angel Station Drive near Jacksonville had been shattered. They also discovered a dent in their wall made by a .40-caliber bullet, which they found on their floor, the sergeant said.

The family told police they had not heard any sounds of weapons being fired but they did hear fireworks throughout the night on Thursday, July 4, Garlick said.

Garlick said when investigators talked to neighbors, there was evidence of fireworks being shot off but no one admitted to firing a gun.

Discharging a firearm into an occupied building is a felony, but deputies had no suspects as of today, Garlick said.

Deputies also were investigating a Thursday incident on State Farm Road in Alexandria, in which a woman had a bottle rocket explode inside her car as she drove.

According to Garlick, the victim was driving south when she noticed a bottle rocket coming toward her car. The bottle rocket came through the open passenger window, exploded and exited through the open driver’s window. The victim was not injured, the sergeant said.

The sergeant said when the victim pulled into a driveway to confront two people she suspected of launching the bottle rocket, they ran into a house and turned off all the lights.

Garlick said when deputies first arrived at the house Thursday no one answered the door. When deputies returned later Thursday they found two men in the driveway. Both denied shooting the bottle rocket.

The Sheriff’s office today was investigating the incident as a felony; intentionally throwing or shooting a dangerous missile into an occupied vehicle is a felony under state law. Garlick said no one has been arrested or charged in the incident.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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