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Man fires gun twice in dispute

An Ashland man threatened his family with a gun and fired two rounds into the air early this morning at their home in the 700 block of Helman Street, police said.

Kenneth Osburn, 48, was involved in a verbal dispute with family members when he grabbed his high-powered rifle and shot it into the air at about 3:15 a.m., according to Sgt. Scott Schuster with the Ashland Police Department.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred on the same block as Helman Elementary School.

Police responded to the home shortly after the gun was fired, but Osburn had already fled the area.

With the help of Talent and Phoenix police, Ashland officers soon found Osburn walking on the bike path near Bear Creek and Interstate 5, according to Schuster.

Police arrested Osburn, who still had the rifle he had fired earlier that morning, and lodged him at the Jackson County Jail on charges of unlawful possession and use of a weapon, menacing, disorderly conduct and reckless endangering, police said.

Crimes involving guns are uncommon in Ashland, said Police Chief Terry Holderness.

"It's unusual for us to have crimes involving firearms in Ashland but certainly not unheard of," he said. "It happens occasionally, a few times a year."

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.