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City man arrested in raid on home

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Gazette Staff
August 15, 2008
— A SWAT team was part of a large contingent of officers who surrounded and entered a house early this morning at 1116 W. Wall St.

No one was injured, police reported. Leon Clemons, 56, of 1116 W. Wall St., was arrested on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine.


Clemons admitted to officers that the handgun was his, and a small amount of crack cocaine was found, Deputy Police Chief David Moore said.


The incident began around 11 p.m. Thursday, when police were called to the 1100 block of West Wall Street for a disturbance, Moore said. Witnesses told police that two men had argued, and one displayed a small handgun.


The man with the handgun had left the scene by the time police arrived.


After searching the area, police returned to ask more questions, Moore said, and they overheard people arguing inside a house about one of them having a weapon.


Police asked to enter but were told no, Moore said. So police held positions, called the SWAT team and got a search warrant, Moore said.


Entry at about 2:30 a.m. included use of a flash-bang grenade. Moore didnít know if the door was kicked in. About 12 people were inside the house.


Clemons is not believed to be the person who had the handgun in the earlier incident, according to a press release.


Clemons was in the Rock County Jail this morning and was expected to make a court appearance this afternoon.



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