Shooters snarl Junction traffic, turn out to be boys 10 and 12

ALPINE JUNCTION, Aug. 20 -- Sheriff's Department personnel and State Police raced to Alpine Junction Tuesday afternoon upon the report of two shootings that shattered side windows in vehicles on Route 13 -- a northbound tractor-trailer and a southbound pickup truck.

Nine members of the Sheriff's Office -- including Sheriff Bill Yessman, Undersheriff Breck Spaulding and Lt. Craig Gallow -- were on the scene, along with a contingent of State Police that grew to four vehicles. Also en route were a State Police SORT (Special Operations Response Team) and a State Police helicopter.

Neither the SORT nor the chopper made it, because the response was called off when the shooters were apprehended by Gallow. They turned out to be two boys, ages 10 and 12, firing BB guns at passing traffic on Route 13 north of the intersection with Rt. 224. Nobody was injured in the incidents.

The two boys, whose names will not be released, were remanded to their parents and will be charged as juveniles -- probably with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, said Sheriff Yessman. They might end up in Family Court.

The Odessa File 2013
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