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Agat mayor wants to change southern village's reputation

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A local and federal investigation into illegal fireworks captured lighting up the sky in Agat last Christmas Eve is going to take more time to complete. Investigators aren't yet saying if they are any closer to finding those responsible.   

Ringing in Christmas with a bang, the video depicting fireworks in the village of Agat on Christmas Eve went viral, with the images surfacing also showing police officers enjoying the show including former police colonel Mark Charfauros.

Agat Mayor Kevin Susuico told KUAM News, "I have not heard anything, no updates, but I know that there was an investigation being done."  He's aware of the spectacle.

Guam police and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms investigations are ongoing. The sight is similar to a case reported around the same time in 2016.

It was a case that led to the arrest and termination of Charfauros from the force. A mistrial was declared after prosecutors tried to tie him to the local gang Agat Blood Town. It's a public perception about the village that the mayor hopes to change.

"We still want to move forward and promote the positive vibe for our village. We want everyone to know on Guam that our office within our community we foster of course safety and we want to be as open as possible our motto being 'The Gateway to the South'. We always like to welcome everyone, and so as mayor of the village I'd really like to and some day hope that name of the Agat Blood Town will soon fade away, and given a new title to be the most welcoming to the South," Susuico said.

In the meantime, authorities have yet to confirm if they caught a break in the case by narrowing down any leads or suspects. GPD and ATF officials only confirming the case remains under investigation.

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