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Sandusky Police: Foul ball prompts neighbor to pull gun

Emil Whitis • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Allan Pickens, 41, was charged with tampering with evidence, aggravated menacing, inducing panic and disorderly conduct.

Police rushed to the 2200 block of Olds St. after receiving a report of a man brandishing a gun. A neighbor told police his children threw a ball into Pickens' garage at about 4:30 p.m., and Pickens yelled at the children, a Sandusky police report said

When the neighbor went to talk to him, Pickens allegedly pulled out a pistol and said, "What do you want to do?" the report said.

Before police arrived, Pickens allegedly wrapped the gun in a towel and handed it off to his mother, who took it inside. Officers then turned to Pickens for his side of the story.

"While attempting to speak with Alan he began cursing and using derogatory names toward (the neighbor) and the family," the report said. "He was advised several times to stop with him failing to comply."

Police took Pickens to the Erie County jail, where he remained late Tuesday without bond.

His mother, Pauline Boyce, 63, was also charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly hiding the gun.

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