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Man accused of firing weapon to scare off softball league

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Herbert Conley Herbert Conley
Derrick Carter Derrick Carter
McMINNVILLE, Tenn. -

A Warren County man lands in jail after being accused of firing off his weapon to scare off a community softball league.

Authorities said the incident happened during an adult softball game at Newtown CIC and Ballpark in McMinnville last Saturday evening.

According to the incident report, participants of the game said 49-year-old Herbert Crockett Conley, who they said complained to league officials for months about softballs being hit on his property, heard several gunshots being fired from his home.

Softball league officials explained once they heard the gunshots, nearly 150 adults and children quickly sought shelter at a neighboring community center, fearing for their lives.

"It was chaos," said Derrick Carter, Director of Newtown CIC Softball League.

Conley told News 2 he is upset for being jailed, especially since he said he never fired a weapon on the day in question and is convinced he was setup by the baseball league.

"I don't know who shot the gun. I was in the house. We can talk it out in court," he stated.

Newtown Softball League officials told News 2 Conley has complained for months about softballs landing on his property, which faces the outfield.

They said Conley has kept balls that land on his grounds and are convinced he was behind the shooting in an effort to scare them off.

Conley, however, said since moving into his home last March, the league has been a nuisance.

He explained that during an evening adult softball game a few months ago, someone threw rocks at his home and at several of his vehicles, causing over $1,000 worth of property damage.

Conley added he is convinced it was someone associated with the game.

After that incident, league officials set up a 100 yard rope to help prevent trespassers from entering Conley's property.

Prior to that, they even put up a chain-linked fence halfway around the field to prevent softballs and trespassers from coming across and entering Conley's yard, but they said Conley still complained and would occasionally keep softballs.

League officials are hoping they can talk to Conley and finally resolve the issue, while Conley said he is possibly looking at legal action against the league.

Conley was charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting a meeting.

He was arrested on Tuesday, but has since bonded out and is expected in court on August 27.

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