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Springfield police arrest 2 on gun charges, get two unlawful weapons off street

December 21, 2015

Springfield police, in the span less than 24 hours, arrested two men on weapons charges and got two unlawful weapons off the street, a police spokesman said.

Springfield Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said both guns were found to be loaded, each had a defaced serial number, and one of them had just been discharged.

The first arrested occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Officers Clay Canning and Seth Barker were responding to a report of gunfire near 30 Clifton Ave. that was picked up by the city's ShotSpotter gunshot detection system.

The officers found no victim at the scene, but they spotted a spent shell casing on the ground near a parked silver Pontiac. As they were searching the area, they could see a 9 mm handgun lying on top of a backpack in the rear seat of the car.

They tracked down the owner of the car, Christopher Meminger, 26, of Somerset St., and took him into custody.

He was charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

He also had 13 separate default warrants for unlawful firearm and marijuana possession and several motor vehicle violations.

An inspection of the gun showed it was loaded with three rounds and had recently been fired, Delaney said. It also had a defaced serial number.

In addition to the gun, officers found a small amount of marijuana, scales and packaging materials in the car.

The second arrest occurred Sunday shortly after 1 a.m., Delaney said.
Officers Derrick Gentry-Mitchell and Barker were on patrol in the area of Cambridge and Burr streets when they spotted a car driving with its headlights off, Delaney said.

They pulled the car over and found the driver to be acting nervously, he said. Officers could see a handgun on the floor of the car between his feet.

The gun, a 9 mm semiautomatic, turned out to be loaded and also had a defaced serial number.

Stephan Curley, 19, of Westminster St., was charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, carrying a firearm with a prior conviction for a violent crime.

Meminger and Curley are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court.

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