Man faces weapons charges following domestic dispute

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TOWN OF CROGHAN — Nearly three months after a domestic dispute in Lewis County, a 33-year-old man has been charged with multiple felonies for illegal weapons possession, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff’s deputies said they responded to a residence in Croghan on Jan. 11 for reports of a domestic dispute between Christopher M. Hemberger, 33, and his wife. Deputies said Hemberger was in violation of an order of protection and he was charged with first-degree contempt, a class E felony, and second-degree harassment.

During the investigation into the dispute, deputies said they learned that Hemberger was in possession of several firearms that he was prohibited from owning. Authorities said Hemberger did not have a pistol permit and was not allowed to own firearms while the order of protection was in effect. Investigators applied for a search warrant, and on Jan. 27, they said they executed the warrant and discovered an AK-47 rifle, two pistols and 13 high capacity magazines.

On Tuesday, authorities said Hemberger was taken into custody on 14 counts of third-degree possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and two counts of criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony. He was arraigned in court and was released on his own recognizance.

He is scheduled to reappear in court.

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