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Man in court for removing gun number

A Waubun man will make his first appearance Aug. 28 in Becker County District Court on two felony counts of removing or altering serial numbers on firearms.

Paul Mathew Richards, 51, of 36735 Marten Drive, Waubun, was charged as the result of a July 6 incident in which a search warrant was executed by law enforcement officers at Richards' residence.

Officers located a lever action .30-30 rifle with a brown stock and silver barrel that had no identifying make, model or serial numbers, which appeared to have been sanded off. The defendant allegedly admitted that the rifle was his, and that he had removed the numbers.