Firing on rats in hallway brings arrest

An Allston man was arraigned in Brighton District Court yesterday after he allegedly fired an unlicensed rifle at rats in the hallway of his Franklin Street residence, said a statement from the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. William McAbee, 57, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, prosecutors said. They said McAbee admitted to opening fire on the rats when police responded Nov. 20.