Madera police are hoping for a calm and quiet New Year's eve. But they also want residents to know police are prepared and will be out watching for residents firing guns into the air.
Madera police Chief Michael Kime said officers will be out in full force and will arrest anyone found to be firing a gun inside the city limits. The weapon will be confiscated, the court fines are significant and the weapon will likely be kept by police, Kime said.
In years past, many frightened, east side residents fled inside their homes at or near midnight, because so many gun shots were fired in celebration and the bullets rained down everywhere. The next day numerous reports of property damage were filed when alarmed residents found the evidence of the close calls - bullet holes in their cars, houses or businesses, he said.
Police officers will again be designated as gun fire spotters and will be on patrol in key areasfor this purpose. As in previous years, they will be able to track back the locations of the shots fired, Kime said...