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New Year’s Eve brings fireworks and gunfire, but few arrests


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Despite celebratory gunfire and exploding fireworks, Roswell Police made few arrests related to the New Year’s festivities.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department, said in an email Wednesday that officers responded to 15 calls of shots fired and multiple others of fireworks being set off across the city, but none led to any arrests.

The fire or discharge of a rifle, gun, pistol or air rifle or air pistol is prohibited, except when it is done by lawful authority or by an individual in lawful self-defense or defense of family or property, according to the city’s code of ordinances.

A report was taken by police from a woman in the 300 block of Ballard Street who discovered a bullet lodged in the ceiling of her residence. The bullet apparently entered the building through the roof and was stuck in her ceiling, the email continued.

The bullet is thought to have been the result of people firing guns into the air, the email states.

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City code also prohibits the discharge of a firearm within 150 yards of an inhabited dwelling or building without the permission of the building’s owner or lessee.

One person was arrested within that same timeframe for driving under the influence. According to police incident reports, Luzelia Romero was arrested shortly after midnight in the 1600 block of Juniper Street and South Wyoming Avenue after being pulled over by a police officer. 

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.  

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