Man charged after firing weapon into home

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

25-year-old allegedly had meth, shot rifle into residence

A Purdy man is facing three felonies after allegedly firing a .22-caliber rifle into a home near Purdy, where a child was inside, and being in possession of methamphetamine.

Benjamin Paine II, 25, of Purdy, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Michael Stribling, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, at about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, Paine allegedly discharged a .22-caliber long rifle into a home on Farm Road 1065 near Purdy. At the time, there was one adult and a child under the age of 6 present in the home. Paine also allegedly pointed the rifle at the adult and poked the adult with the weapon while the child was present.

Deputies also allegedly located in the immediate vicinity a plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. A glass pipe was also allegedly found in the baggie.

The probable cause statement further recommended charges of armed criminal action, second-degree domestic assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Paine is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $75,000. He has been arraigned, and a bond appearance hearing is set for today (Wednesday) at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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