Two accused of lying on paperwork to purchase guns

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Two Lewis County men have been charged in separate incidents where law enforcers said they both lied on the paperwork while purchasing guns earlier this year.

Sheriff's deputies said both Timothy Bakker, 26, of Constableville, and Brandon Hoffert, 35, of Lyons Falls, had orders of protection filed against them while they went to purchase guns earlier this year. Deputies said both Bakker and Hoffert then lied on their transaction paperwork and stated that they did not have those orders against them.

Bakker falsified the document while buying a rifle at Cataldo's in Lyons Falls on Feb. 26, authorities said, and Hoffert falsified the document while buying a rifle from Dolhof Hardware in Lyons Falls on March 18.

Bakker was taken into custody on May 29 and Hoffert was taken into custody on June 26, both charged with one count of first-degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, authorities stated. Both men were arraigned in court and were released on their own recognizance. They are scheduled to reappear in court.

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