15-year-old arrested with loaded flare gun

A 15-year-old boy from Hamilton is facing criminal charges after being arrested with what police believe was a loaded flare gun and drugs.

Hamilton police allege the teen was involved in disturbances at the Hamilton Public Library and Jackson Square on Jan. 30.

Those incidents began with an argument inside the York Boulevard library where a teen was seen flashing what appeared to be the butt end of a handgun, police said.

The group was gone by the time police arrived, but about an hour and a half later police were called to Jackson Square for another disturbance involving a group of teens.

At that time police arrested four teen boys, ranging in age from 14 to 16, who are facing firearm and drug charges.

None can be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

On Tuesday, Hamilton police say they arrested the 15-year-old who allegedly flashed the weapon.

At the time of arrest he was in possession of a loaded flare gun and drugs, police said.

He is charged with two counts of assault, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, two counts of weapons dangerous, and trafficking narcotics.

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