Capitol Police confiscated a 9mm Ruger handgun from the bag of Camden, S.C., resident Ronald William Prestage shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Cannon House Office Building. Prestage, 59, was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a District of Columbia offense that carries up to five years in prison.
Records indicate he has a concealed carry permit in South Carolina. Prestage is a veterinarian and farm operator, and is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council. He may have been on the Hill to lobby on agriculture issues.
A bizarre find in a package of meat at a grocery store has law enforcement agencies from New Mexico and Colorado wondering where the gun came from.
So far everyone involved with the case has said they’ve never seen this one before. A worker unwrapping frozen meat at Albertsons found a handgun and ammunition packed with it.
A worker at a Roswell Albertsons opened a case of frozen ribs in the meat section and made the discovery Wednesday.
“I have personally never heard of this in 13 years,” said Sgt. Jim Preston of the Roswell Police Department.
The worker told his supervisor and turned the semi-automatic Rock Island Armory .38 Super along with seven rounds of ammo found with it over to police.
Preston told KRQE News 13 this gun is rarely seen in this area.
There are a couple clues to the mystery. According to the police report, the meat package came from the Swift Packing Plant in Greeley, Colo., and the date on the package is June 8, 2011.
News 13 spoke with Greeley police who said their gang unit is exploring what occurred during that time to determine whether the gun may have been involved in any crimes there.
Police said the pistol has not been reported stolen.
As many were debating the merits of NBC sports announcer Bob Costas editorializing Sunday about the need for gun control in the U.S. after a tragic murder and subsequent suicide by a professional football player in Kansas City, a gun was tossed in a deep fryer in a Las Vegas restaurant and fired shots.
A Las Vegas police report obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal says that one of the restaurant workers told police that a man had asked her to hold his gun for him when police showed up, but she refused.
So he tossed into the deep-fryer.
And it exploded.
The deep-fried gun ended up not hurting anyone.