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Man arrested on firearm charges on New Year’s Eve

A Browntown man was arrested Monday after allegedly firing multiple shots at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Star Tannery. One of the bullets entered a nearby residence.

Michael Priola, 26, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling after he allegedly fired five shots from a .40-caliber pistol during a New Year’s Eve “get together,” the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

Deputies responded to the 100 block of Star Tannery Road at 12:03 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of shots fired into a home, the release states. The victim told deputies that a bullet had come through his wall and into his kitchen cabinet before falling to the floor near his refrigerator. The victim told deputies that his neighbors were shooting at midnight, and the neighbors  indicated that Priola exited that residence to fire a pistol, the release states.

Capt. Aleck Beeman of the Sheriff’s Office said Priola was arrested without incident and taken to Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. He was held there “until sober,” the release states, and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Information on Priola’s next court date was not available Tuesday.

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