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Beloit man charged with shooting cars, garage

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David Brazy
July 13, 2011
— A Beloit man accused of smashing lights, slashing tires and firing a handgun at a property in La Prairie Township early Sunday morning has been charged with several counts of reckless endangerment.

Kaleb J. Topham, 21, of 1927 Arrowhead Drive, Beloit, is charged with endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm, two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal damage to property, according to the criminal compliant. If convicted on all counts, he could face more than 40 years in prison and up to $85,000 in fines.


The incident started after Topham got into a fight at a party in the 3800 block of South Arizona Trail southeast of Janesville, according to the complaint. The fight started after Topham took a beer out of a refrigerator. Topham was kicked out of the party but returned later in the night with his brother.


The two men broke the lights on the garage and front door so they could not be seen and then slashed the tires on two vehicles in the driveway and broke the back window on one of the vehicles, according to the complaint.


Topham told police at one point the door to the home opened and he cocked his pistol to scare the person into going back inside, according to the complaint. Topham and his brother then left the residence but returned after driving around the block. Topham said he believed he fired seven bullets at the vehicles in the driveway.


Topham told police he and his brother were drunk.


Two people, including a child, were inside the house at the time of the shooting, according to the complaint.


Topham initially told police he was not involved in the incident but changed his story and told officers, "Guys, I'm going to stop lying, I shot at the cars," according to the complaint.


Topham is scheduled to appear in court Friday.



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