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West Salem man charged with felony gun possession after “borrowing” friend’s shotgun



A West Salem man claims he borrowed a shotgun from a friend, to keep that friend from shooting himself.

Now, however, the borrower is charged with illegally possessing three guns.

Edwin Ross said he took the shotgun home with him, after getting messages from the other man about wanting to be shot.

Ross told the friend that he had several other guns around his house, even though he was a convicted felon, barred from owning weapons.

A police search turned up only two guns at Ross’ house but he still could get 10 years in prison on each weapon charge, if convicted.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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