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Cops: Man at Riverhead motel had multiple weapons

Russell L. Kirk, of Fairmont, W. Va., had

Russell L. Kirk, of Fairmont, W. Va., had several semi-automatic handguns in his room at a Riverhead motel, police said. Photo Credit: Riverhead Town Police

A West Virginia man faces multiple weapons-possession charges after he was found with several handguns at a Riverhead motel, police said Sunday.

Riverhead police said they received a call from an employee at the Greenview Inn on West Main Street at noon Saturday saying that he had recovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun from the premises.

After an investigation, it was determined that Russell L. Kirk of Fairmont, West Virginia, was in possession of a loaded Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and two loaded Taurus 45-caliber semi-automatic handguns, police said. The handguns were found in his hotel room, but it was not immediately known how long he had been staying there.

Police said one of the handguns was stolen in West Virginia.

Kirk had been working in Riverhead, police said, but no information was provided about his employment.

Police said Kirk is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was arraigned at Riverhead Justice Court on Sunday morning and taken to the county jail when he could not immediately post $2,000 cash bail, police said.

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